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The Best of California Cult Collectibles - 11/24/2019 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

The holidays are the perfect time of year to break out a special bottle of wine to share with family and friends, and few wines impress more than California’s cult collectibles. Sine Qua Non, Schrader, Scarecrow, and other like estates have built their reputations by crafting world-class, category-defining wines that are more than the sum of their parts. These soaring expressions are monumental in scale, delivering a wine-drinking experience like no other. K&L, through a vast network of relationships with producers, distributors, and private collectors, has unrivaled access to these benchmark bottlings. Featured here is an in-stock collection of the best California has to offer. This is an excellent opportunity to stock up for the holidays or any other special occasion.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2008 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 6 $299.99 View
2009 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 6 $299.99 View
1995 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 4 $299.99 View
2008 Abreu Howell Mountain Bordeaux Blend 98 6 $329.99 View
2008 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 5 $329.99 View
2011 Araujo "Alianza" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 11 $79.99 View
2005 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92 7 $99.99 View
2004 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Red Blend 90 5 $99.99 View
2008 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 91 4 Price: Hidden View
2003 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 93 5 $119.99 View
2004 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 7 $224.99 View
1997 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92 4 $239.99 View
2006 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 4 $239.99 View
1999 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 3 $259.99 View
2009 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 4 $259.99 View
2010 Larkmead Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine 5 Price: Hidden View
2010 Larkmead "Firebelle" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 94 6 $99.99 View
2008 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 7 $109.99 View
2012 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 7 $109.99 View
2009 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 5 $109.99 View
2016 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 40 $119.95 View
2015 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 16 $119.95 View
2012 Larkmead "LMV Salon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 94 4 $129.99 View
2015 Larkmead "Dr. Olmo" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 12 $159.95 View
2016 Larkmead "Dr. Olmo" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 10 $159.95 View
2016 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 12 $224.95 View
2012 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 7 $244.99 View
2014 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 97 13 $119.99 View
2017 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir 97 10 $129.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 98 5 $129.99 View
2017 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 97 8 $134.95 View
2014 Peter Michael "Belle Côte" Knights Valley Chardonnay 98 6 $139.99 View
2016 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 100 11 $189.99 View
2016 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 >36 $199.95 View
2013 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 11 $199.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 98 7 $199.99 View
2016 Peter Michael "Au Paradis" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 99 23 $224.00 View
2012 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir 100 8 $309.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Au Paradis" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 98 6 $374.99 View
2013 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Knights Valley Chardonnay 99 7 $409.99 View
2010 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 100 6 $449.99 View
2010 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 100 8 $469.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Knights Valley Chardonnay 100 10 $499.99 View
2017 Scarecrow "M. Étain" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 6 $249.99 View
2015 Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 3 $649.99 View
2013 Scarecrow "M. Étain" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $249.99 View
2015 Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 99 1 Price: Hidden View
2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 5 $229.99 View
2014 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 10 $279.99 View
2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 12 $299.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 4 $299.99 View
2015 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 6 $349.99 View
2015 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - CCS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 5 $399.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah 98 6 $259.99 View
2013 Sine Qua Non "Male" California Syrah 98 5 $259.99 View
2009 Sine Qua Non "The Thrill of Stamp Collecting" Syrah 95 30 $279.99 View
2008 Sine Qua Non "B 20" California Syrah 97 27 $299.99 View
2016 Sine Qua Non "Dirt Vernacular" California Grenache 100 9 $309.99 View
2016 Sine Qua Non "Rätsel 16" California Syrah 100 6 $309.99 View
2010 Sine Qua Non "Five Shooter" Central Coast Grenache 98 5 $324.99 View
2009 Sine Qua Non "This Is Not an Exit" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache 96 8 $349.99 View
2014 Sine Qua Non "Piranha Waterdance" California Syrah 100 3 $349.99 View
2009 Sine Qua Non "This Is Not An Exit" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 97 14 $379.99 View
2007 Sine Qua Non "Dangerous Birds" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 100 16 $599.99 View


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2008 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 6 available ($299.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cappella bursts onto the palate with black cherries, smoke, menthol and licorice. This is a decidedly powerful, tannic Cappella that is going to need quite a bit of bottle age. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the intense, deeply expressive finish. With time in the glass, the wines potential becomes quite evident. (AG) 97+" (12/2011)

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2009 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($299.99)

97 points Vinous: "A glorious wine, the 2009 Cappella is in a fabulous spot for drinking today, as the aromatics are just starting to open up. Rose petal, kirsch, hard candy, spice, cedar, tobacco, mint and star anise give the 2009 striking perfume and a level of exoticism that is impossible to miss. The tannins have softened, which makes the wine accessible, and yet the fruit retains terrific freshness as well as nuance. Readers lucky enough to own the 2009 are in for a real treat. The Cappella is an absolute jewel of a wine. (AG)" (06/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cappella, which is nearly three-fourths Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and a tiny quantity of Merlot, possesses an inky/purple color and sweet notes of incense, violets, espresso beans, white chocolate and lots of creme de cassis and blackberries. There is plenty of glycerin, but unlike a lot of 2009s, despite relatively elevated tannins, the wine is open, showy and exuberant, which I consider to be a positive. Production was tiny, with only 250 cases produced. (RP)" (10/2013)

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1995 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($299.99)

97 points Vinous: "David Abreu's 1995 Madrona Ranch was breathtaking. It burst from the glass with tremendous length and layers of voluptuous, ripe fruit. Though still a youngster, the 1995 was immensely enjoyable. (AG)" (02/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch is a strikingly superb Cabernet Sauvignon. Although it includes 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot in the blend, I would never have guessed that. Aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels (as are all Abreu's wines), this wine boasts an opaque purple color, in addition to a fabulous bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, cassis, licorice, minerals, and smoky, toasty oak. The wine's aromatics soar from the glass, and in the mouth, the bouquet's promise is fulfilled. A thick, juicy, black fruit character comes across in cascades of fruit, glycerin, and extract. All of this has been buttressed by sweet tannin and good acidity. A voluptuously-textured, blockbuster, yet remarkably harmonious wine, it is one of the finest efforts of the vintage. (RP)" (12/1998)

K&L Notes: Abreu Winery was established by David Abreu of Rutherford, and began releasing wine with the 1987 vintage. Since then, the wines have become highly respected and sought-after. The Madrona Ranch offering comes from a vineyard at the base of Spring Mountain, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in Pleasanton loam and Aiken loam.

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2008 Abreu Howell Mountain Bordeaux Blend - 6 available ($329.99)

98 points Vinous: "David Abreus 2008 Howell Mountain is in some ways a contrast to the Dunn, but to be honest, I am quite surprised by how similar both wines are. The Abreu has more fruit intensity and sweetness through the mid-palate, but that is about it. Like the Dunn, the Abreu remains quite primary at this stage but has a very bright future. All things considered the 2008s are more similar than dissimilar, which is eye opening. (AG)" (01/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Howell Mountain is fabulous. Blackberries, savory herbs, graphite and mint are some of the nuances that are woven together in a fabric of notable class and sheer personality. The tannins are quite firm and suggest the 2008 will require considerable patience. Readers who can wait will be treated to a superb wine. (AG) 96+" (12/2011)

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2008 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($329.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Madrona Ranch opens with an incredibly expressive bouquet. Espresso, mocha and licorice meld into dark red fruit and sweet exotic spices in this superb wine. The 2008 is an extraordinarily polished, refined wine for the vintage. Sweet spiced and floral notes reappear to round out the finish. The relatively high percentage of Cabernet Franc (37%) comes through in spades here. (AG)" (12/2011)

97 points Vinous: "The 2008 Madrona Ranch is a dark, beguiling beauty. Deep, textured and nuanced, the 2008 possesses tremendous richness and striking inner perfume. Super-ripe dark cherry jam, plum, chocolate, menthol, licorice and torrefaction are some of the notes that give the 2008 its distinctive personality. The tannins are present, but also impeccably balanced in this sumptuous, racy wine. Time in the glass brings out the wines inner sweetness. Even so, the 2008 Madrona remains a decidedly potent, brooding wine. (AG)" (05/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Ultrarich and gutsy, nuzzling up to syrupy, this is a chewy, extracted style that extends the flavors to kirsch, black licorice, blackberry jam, espresso, hazelnut and toffee. Ends with chewy, grainy tannins that give the flavors traction. (JL)" (06/2013)

K&L Notes: Abreu Winery was established by David Abreu of Rutherford, and began releasing wine with the 1987 vintage. Since then, the wines have become highly respected and sought after. The Madrona Ranch offering comes from a vineyard at the base of Spring Mountain, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot in Pleasanton loam and Aiken loam.

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2011 Araujo "Alianza" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 11 available ($79.99)

A Napa Valley Bordeaux-blend made the Araujo way! There have been quite a few changes at Araujo since Chateau Latour purchased the property. One of the changes is the Alianza will not be made after this vintage, as the new owners would like 100% of their focus to be on the Eisele Cabernet. The 2011 blend includes some Eisele fruit and is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, and 5% each of Petite Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Only 500 cases were made of this little gem and this is your last chance to purchase it!

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2005 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 7 available ($99.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Smoky black raspberry, mocha, tobacco, earth and brown spices on the nose, along with a saline hint. Sweet, concentrated and serious, with an attractive sugar/acid balance to the flavors of dark berries and chocolate. Firmly structured and quite impressive for a second wine. (ST)" (05/2008)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Altagracia (91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) reveals a spicy, mineral-laden, black fruit, damp forest, truffle, and crushed rock-scented bouquet. (RP)" (12/2008)

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2004 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Red Blend - 5 available ($99.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Despite having over 40-plus acres of vineyards in the northeasterly sector of Napa just south of Calistoga, the production at Araujo remains relatively limited, with the flagship wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard, producing between 1,600 and 2,200 cases of wine, and the second wine, the Altagracia, between 800 and 1,200 cases. Add to that another 1,000 cases of Sauvignon Blanc and 300-400 cases of Syrah, and there is just not a lot to go around given the greatness that can be achieved from this vineyard. Much of the credit has to go to proprietors Bart and Daphne Araujo and, of course, their top-notch winemaking team, which has always been led by Francoise Peschon. Araujos second wines are among the finest second wines consumers will find in northern California. For example, the Altagracia cuvees, which represent 25-35% of the production, have been outstanding examples of Cabernet Sauvignon. Araujo has done an excellent job with Syrah, which they typically co-ferment with 3-4% Viognier. Sadly, only 300-400 cases are produced. (RP)" (12/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby. Aromas of raspberry, smoke, gravel and nutty oak. Smooth in the middle palate, with flavors of plum, mocha and tobacco and nicely integrated acidity. The building tannins are a bit hard-edged, but this second wine, from young vines and "less-good lots," offers attractive sweetness, good life and firm structure." (06/2007)

K&L Notes: Also from an earlier review by Robert Parker: "The second wine, which now is a cuvee of 800-1,200 or so cases, is called Altagracia, and the 2004 exhibits scorched earth, hints of charcoal, black currant, licorice, and some spicy oak with distinctive elegance and terroir character, medium body, and nice, long fruit in the finish." (12/2007)

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2008 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 4 available Price: Hidden

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 400 cases of the 2008 Altagracia, which includes a lot of Petit Verdot (20%) in the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend. The years spring frosts resulted in a smaller crop than usual resulting in a denser, richer but at the same time more texturally interesting and seductive style of wine. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by lots of blue, red and black fruits as well as good minerality, purity and depth. (RP)" (12/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright red-ruby. Enticing, nuanced aromas of black cherry, licorice, graphite and flowers, along with a whiff of tar. Then smooth and supple but high-pitched on the palate, with dark fruit flavors complicated by menthol and leather. Finishes with fairly sweet tannins for a second wine. This features 80% Eisele Vineyard fruit, including 20% Petit Verdot. (ST)" (06/2011)

K&L Notes: First bottled in the 1999 vintage, the Altagracia is Araujo's second Cabernet, usually made from the estate's younger vines as well as some older vine lots that don't fit into the flavor profile of the "Eisele," and, for the first time, the 2008 also includes fruit sourced from some other premium Napa Valley vineyards. Vinified in the same fashion as the first wine, this was aged in 100% new French oak for 23 months and is quite forward. Its nose is sweet and warming--it smells like fresh blueberry pie and a fresh cup of coffee. Its mouthcoating texture delivers blueberry, cassis, graphite and coffee flavors framed by well-integrated tannins and fleshed out by a gentle acidity.

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2003 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 5 available ($119.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Araujos second wine, Altagracia, is almost too good to be true. There are 750 cases of the 2003 Altagracia, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. It is much more fruit-forward than its bigger sibling, but definitely displays the Eisele Vineyard style in its deep purple color, sweet nose of flowers, crushed rocks, blueberries, creme de cassis, and earth, super-sweet tannin, well-integrated acidity, and opulent personality. (RP)" (12/2006)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby-red. Plum, leather and tobacco on the nose, along with a whiff of band-aid. Sweet on entry, then fat and full in the middle, with liqueur-like flavors of black raspberry, smoke, mocha, game and truffle. Offers very good mouth coverage. Turned a bit dusty with aeration, but finishes with ripe tannins and very good length." (06/2006)

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2004 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 7 available ($224.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, tight and well-structured, with a medley of floral, spice and dried currant and a touch of herb and cedary oak. Well-integrated, focused and concentrated, with a long, deep, persistent finish. Will reward cellaring. *Collectibles* (JL)" (10/2007)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Despite having over 40-plus acres of vineyards in the northeasterly sector of Napa just south of Calistoga, the production at Araujo remains relatively limited, with the flagship wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard, producing between 1,600 and 2,200 cases of wine, and the second wine, the Altagracia, between 800 and 1,200 cases. Add to that another 1,000 cases of Sauvignon Blanc and 300-400 cases of Syrah, and there is just not a lot to go around given the greatness that can be achieved from this vineyard. Much of the credit has to go to proprietors Bart and Daphne Araujo and, of course, their top-notch winemaking team, which has always been led by Francoise Peschon. Araujos second wines are among the finest second wines consumers will find in northern California. For example, the Altagracia cuvees, which represent 25-35% of the production, have been outstanding examples of Cabernet Sauvignon. Araujo has done an excellent job with Syrah, which they typically co-ferment with 3-4% Viognier. Sadly, only 300-400 cases are produced. (RP) 94+" (12/2008)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Highly nuanced, Graves-like aromas of black plum, raspberry, warm stones, tobacco, minerals and nutty oak. Sweet, suave and wonderfully fine-grained wine with a fleshiness given shape by harmonious acidity. A step up in intensity from the '03 bottling, with the Petit Verdot component adding aromatic character and structure. Finishes with lingering sweet notes of cherry and currant. (ST)" (05/2007)

Jancis Robinson: "Graceful as ever, with vibrant black cherry and currant fruit backed by sturdy tannins, refreshing acidity, and hints of dried herbs and oak spice. Medium full and expertly balanced, with great length and generosity. (LM) 18.5/20" (06/2008)

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1997 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($239.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard, is a beauty. The healthy ruby/purple color is followed by classic, unevolved but promising aromas of minerals, cedar, smoke, and black currants. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with admirable purity, a sweet, lush mid-palate, and ripe tannin in the finish. The top-notch 1997 is a classic, restrained. (RP)" (12/2000)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Expressive nose combines black raspberry, currant, black cherry, chocolate, tobacco and sandalwood. Lush and sweet but fresh, with a firm edge of acidity giving shape to the flavors. Big and mouthfilling but not at all heavy. The tannins are suave and fine. A bit dominated by the oak today. (ST) 92+" (05/2000)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2000)

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2006 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($239.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A complex nose of smoke, grilled meats, dark fruits, asphalt, and lead pencil. Full bodied, with super fine tannins, fresh acidity and a long complex and fruity finish. This is all about complexity and finesse." (02/2011)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black raspberry, mocha, coffee and nutty oak, plus strong soil tones of spice, tobacco and iron. Wonderfully ripe and full but with a sappy menthol lift to the flavors of currant, minerals, mocha, tobacco and game. There's something Graves-like to this compellingly sweet wine. Compared to the Altagracia, the estate's flagship bottling has more of everything, including class. A worthy successor to the superlative 2005. (ST)" (06/2009)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a surprisingly soft, round, delicious wine that, while quite backward and tannic last year, now seems to be up-front, forward, and easy to drink. Much lighter than I remember, with less color saturation, the wine has a dark plum/ruby color and an attractive nose of red currants, cherries, and black currants, with some loamy soil notes and hints of licorice. It is mid-weight, medium-bodied, and ideal for drinking now and over the next 12-14 years. (RP)" (12/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh mint, bay leaf, anise and savory herb notes highlight the aromas, which also feature supple plum, cranberry and red currant flavors that are dense and focused, if limited in scope. The minty bay leaf scents remain, and this offers an elegant body that makes for a graceful drink. Has aged as predicted. (JL, Web-2016)"

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1999 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($259.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, earthy, decadent aromas are intense and enormously concentrated, with sharply focused, currant, pencil lead, mineral, sage and dusty berry flavors that offer uncommon depth and concentration. Finishes with an amazingly long and detailed aftertaste. Should be a 20-year wine, with ease. *Collectibles* (JL)" (11/2002)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard (a 1,750-case blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot) boasts explosive aromas of incense, creme de cassis, minerals, and flowers. It is medium to full-bodied, with great harmony, and a sweet attack as well as finish. This is a classic example of power and richness allied to considerable elegance. Those in the foreign press who accuse California of being incapable of producing elegant wines have obviously never tasted this Cabernet. (RP)" (08/2002)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Highly nuanced nose combines black raspberry, coffee, mocha, leather and smoky oak. Lush, dense and sexy, with terrific depth of black raspberry, smoke, game and leather flavors sweetened by the 85% new oak. Still quite tightly coiled, in the style of the best '99s, with firm acids and superb persistence. May ultimately merit an even higher rating. (ST) 93+" (06/2002)

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2009 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($259.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is one of the great wines of the vintage. It brings together gorgeous aromatics, juicy, expressive red fruit and silky tannins. Now seemingly past a period of closure post-bottling, the 2009 looks like a wine that will drink well pretty much throughout its entire life. The 2009 is a totally sexy Cabernet endowed with stunning depth and a rich, enveloping personality. This is pure Araujo and pure Eisele. (AG)" (12/2012)

95 points Vinous: "(bottled in September of 2011; 99% cabernet with homeopathic doses of cabernet and petit verdot): Dark red-ruby. Musky, deep nose offers crushed blackberry, cassis, graphite and coffee. Wonderfully sweet and rich, displaying an uncanny combination of textural thickness and verve. Strong crushed rock minerality gives this beauty an extremely youthful quality. The very long, palate-staining finish features big but suave tannins and outstanding harmoniousness. The pH of 3.73 is "not too high" for this consistently superb wine, says winemaker Nigel Kinsman. (ST)" (05/2012)

93-94 points James Suckling: "This is just one component of the final blend. It is a vineyard that was planted in 1964. It is block 3 it went into the 1971 Ridge and 1974 Conn Creek. Joe used to call it gold. This is full bodied and rich with a beautiful sea shell and olive character. Very fine on the palate with chewy tannins. Complex and beautiful, with loads going on." (02/2011)

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2010 Larkmead Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine Price: Hidden

Antonio Galloni reflects on the 2010s from Larkmead: "I was completely blown away by Larkmead this year. The 2010s are simply phenomenal across the board. This is also a vintage in which the different terroirs Larkmead works with are vividly marked. While many wineries are aggressively pushing the boundaries of pricing, Larkmead takes the opposite approach. The fashionable cult-loving crowd might look past these offerings, but savvy readers will recognize that Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignons in particular are some of the very best wines being made in Napa Valley today. If forced to choose one top-flight Napa Valley producer that remains under the radar, Larkmead would get my vote. These are spectacular wines that deserve a much broader audience. I can’t say enough good things about what proprietor Cam Baker, winemaker Andy Smith and the entire team at Larkmead are doing at this historic property."

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2010 Larkmead "Firebelle" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 6 available ($99.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Intense violets, dark chocolate and berries. Licorice. It's full-bodied with super-integrated tannins and a beautiful silky texture. It's long and fresh." (05/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Merlot-based 2010 Proprietary Red Wine Firebelle boasts stunning depth, power and richness. Black cherries, chocolate, spices and new leather explode from the glass in this deep, resonant wine. There is more than enough fruit to fill out the wines big, broad-shouldered frame. This is an especially structured vintage for the Firebelle, partly because the Merlot is the lowest ever. Winemaker Andy Smith did a lot of co-ferments with the 2010 to bring all of the elements together. Drink through 2030. (AG)" (12/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, black raspberry and plum aromas are complicated by coffee and tobacco. Densely packed and vinous, already showing considerable complexity to its berry, bitter chocolate and iron flavors. At once fine-grained and juicy if not especially fleshy. (This year's release contains the lowest percentage to date of Merlot.) I'd lay this down for four or five years. (ST)" (06/2013)

K&L Notes: A blend of 42% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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2008 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 7 available ($109.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 60% new French oak) reveals a Medoc-like nose of cedarwood, damp earth, black currants and hints of bay leaf and unsmoked cigar tobacco. Opulence, purity and density combined with a thick, full-bodied mouthfeel and a superb finish all suggest a wine that can be drunk now or cellared for two decades. (RP)" (12/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, crushed stone and menthol. Sweet and lively on the palate, with lovely clarity and vinosity. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and excellent length. This will gain in complexity with another five years of cellaring. (ST) 92+" (06/2011)

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2012 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 7 available ($109.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of currant, blueberry and brick character. Some dried herb too. Full body, firm and racy tannins plus dark berry, dark chocolate and mahogany. Wonderful finish." (07/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The soft, delicious, complex 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers notes of cedarwood, blackcurrants, baking spices, Asian soy, crème de cassis, licorice and a touch of graphite. It continues to remind me of a hypothetical blend of a second or third-growth Bordeaux Pauillac with a Napa Valley Cabernet. (RP)" (10/2014)

93 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with tons of depth and overall intensity. Graphite, menthol, new leather, smoke, herbs and black fruit are all laced together nicely. Today the tannins are a bit dusty and rough around the edges, but at the same time, the 2012 is nowhere near ready to drink, so there is plenty of time for those contours to soften a touch. The Cabernet Sauvignon is a pretty tannic wine for the year, so patience is key. (AG)" (12/2014)

Wine Spectator: "Well-proportioned if restrained, with spicy, cedary oak and mature-tasting dried currant and red berry, ending with dusty earth and wood. (JL, Web-2015)"

K&L Notes: This is without a doubt one of our favorites from the great 2012 vintage. The estate has been part of the Solari family for nearly 70 years, continuing this property's proud tradition of producing world-class wines that began in 1895.

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One of the best wines from our trip to Napa this past February! The 2012 Larkmead is one of the more opulent Larkmead Cabernets I have ever tasted. The mouth feel is almost silky. Tannins are present but ripe and integrated. This is a big Cabernet but the wine is so seamless and balanced, the word big doesnt seem appropriate. This Cabernet is going to show excellent young and continue to do so over the next 15 years.

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2009 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($109.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with a rush of black fruit, smoke, licorice, graphite and tar. All the elements flow together gracefully towards the big, fleshy finish. There is plenty of tannin to support the fruit, suggesting the wine will drink well for a number of years. I especially like the way the wine keeps growing in the glass. This is one of the firmer, more vibrant 2009s readers will come across. Simply put, it is fabulous. (AG)" (12/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Blackberry, licorice, minerals and chocolate on the nose, plus a whiff of shoe polish. Dense, spicy and nicely delineated, with excellent intensity to the dark cherry and mineral flavors. Firmly structured Cabernet with granular tannins and a suggestion of medicinal reserve. This will need at least four or five years of bottle aging. (ST)" (05/2012)

K&L Notes: San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "One of Napa's historic names, Larkmead is becoming a bridge between the valley's legacy and the best of its modern style. The 2009 frames the brilliance of this approach, with a rewarding ripeness expressed through winemaking that trades maximum extract for nuance, an approach that never feels driven by a quest for big fruit. Mint-accented, deep and plummy, with great graphite and earth accents, here's an extraordinary interpretation of Calistoga's great gravelly soils."

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2016 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.95)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This stellar, powerhouse wine is perfumed in aromas of pencil, leather and sage that season a core of mineral and crushed rock. The fruit is equally savory in currant and plum, with a dusting of dark chocolate. Enjoy now2029. *Editors' Choice* (VB)" (11/2019)

92-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the barrel samples, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a pretty, elegant wine that lacks the richness of the 2015 yet has perfumed notes of red and black currants, spring flowers, and spice. A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot that was harvested early in September, its going to need short-term cellaring." (12/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Dense and fruity with lovely, layered tannins and lots of blueberries, blackberries and hints of dried flowers. Full body, dusty, gritty tannins and a flavorful finish. Chewy, yet will come around with two or three years of bottle age." (02/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A flicker of savory leads off, giving the raspberry, red currant and cherry compote flavors lift and direction. Ends with a bramble hint as the fruit plays out nicely. Shows range, with freshness taking the lead and some depth in reserve. Drink now through 2030. (JM)" (10/2019)

93 points Vinous: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is absolutely gorgeous. Fresh, perfumed and silky, the 2016 captures all of the most elegant qualities of the year. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, mint, rose petal and spice notes are laced throughout in this subtle, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon. All the elements are simply in the right place. It is so great to see Larkmead's entry-level Cabernet capture all the potential it showed as a young barrel sample. (AG)" (12/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (White Label) has a deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully pure scents of crushed black currants, black cherries and blackberries with suggestions of menthol, tobacco leaf, wild sage and pencil lead. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a great core of vibrant black fruits plus plenty of herbal sparks, structured by an approachable grainy backbone and well-knit freshness, finishing long. 3,029 cases were made. (LPB)" (12/2018)

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2015 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.95)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "With a tiny 3% addition of Cabernet Franc, this wine is defined by aromas of violet and crushed rock. Oak, clove and graphite dot a landscape of bold structure on the palate, with bright acidity balancing the concentration and grip. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (11/2018)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the 2015s, the largest production cuvee from younger vines is the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and it includes 3% Cabernet Franc and spent 18 months in 65% new French oak. Possessing terrific richness in its dark fruit, tobacco and Graves-like minerality, this beauty is full-bodied, concentrated and layered on the palate. Its a beautiful base cuvee that does everything right." (12/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "Blackberries with aromas of white peppers and chili peppers. Lavender undertones. Full-bodied, very tight and dense with a solid core of tannins and bright fruit. Savory at the end. A tile and terracotta finish." (05/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Larkmead's deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon shows a meaty/earthy nose of charcuterie, underbrush, damp soil and mossy bark with a core of cassis, black plums and espresso. Concentrated and rich in the full-bodied mouth, the tannins are firm and chewy, and it finishes with great length and depth. (LPB)" (10/2017)

92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead has come together beautifully. Dark, sumptuous and inky, the 2015 offers serious fruit density and power, and yet retains terrific freshness. Succulent blue/purplish fruit, spice, lavender and menthol are all pushed forward in this succulent Cabernet. This is a fabulous entry-level Cabernet from Larkmead. (AG)" (03/2018)

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2012 Larkmead "LMV Salon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($129.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The fabulous 2012 Proprietary Red LMV Salon is a 1,090-case blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Cabernet Franc. It reveals a refined nose of mulberries, blueberries, raspberries, spring flowers and forest floor. A dense, ripe, opulent, medium to full-bodied 2012, I rated it slightly lower than last year from barrel because it seems somewhat closed. (RP)" (10/2014)

94 points Vinous: "Larkmead's 2012 LMV Salon is all about texture, polish and silkiness. Dark red cherries, plums and cloves are all beautifully expressive. Silky tannins support the creamy finish. The LMV Salon has changed quite a bit conceptually since I first started tasting the component wines in the Spring of 2013. Since then, winemaker Dan Petroski has opted to add a fair amount of Cabernet Franc to the blend, 33% to be exact, the highest ever here. That has resulted in a wine built on finesse and resonance. There is so much to like here. (AG)" (12/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This offers a core of dense, dusty, loamy earthlaced Cabernet, with shades of black licorice, mocha and espresso. All in all, this is a powerful, well-focused effort that merits short-term cellaring." (11/2015)

2015 Larkmead "Dr. Olmo" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($159.95)

97 points James Suckling: "Currants and blackberries and hints of walnuts and spices. Lavender and rosemary. Full-bodied, layered and so beautiful. Great tension and brightness. Crushed stones. A pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Great definition. Drink or hold." (05/2018)

97 points Vinous: "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo has really come together since I last tasted it from barrel. Graphite, smoke, crushed rocks, spice and rose petal overtones give the 2015 Dr. Olmo its distinctive aromatic signatures. The 2015 finishes with remarkable tension and energy. What a gorgeous wine it is. (AG)" (03/2018)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Of the three top Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo is the most classic expression of Cabernet and offers Pauillac-like notes of black cherry, cassis, lead pencil shavings, espresso roast, and gravelly minerality. Its full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, and will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and shine for 20-25 years or more.Located north of Saint Helena and pulling all from their estate vineyard located around the winery, owner Cam Baker and winemaker Dan Petroski have produced some true superstars in 2015. These are ripe, full-bodied, majestic, yet structured wines that are going to age beautifully." (12/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This 100% varietal wine is fresh and inviting in its nose of exotic spice and blackberry bramble. A dusty texture of soft supple tannin is interwoven effortlessly in dark chocolate, caramel, violet and crushed rock. This wine is structured to age but also well worth enjoying now. *Editor's Choice* (VB)" (11/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo (Black Label) is scented of cedar, rose, dusty earth and incense over a core of warm red and black currants, blackberry compote and anise plus a touch of Mediterranean herbs. Medium to full-bodied and very firm, taut and muscular in the mouth, there is loads going on here, but this needs time! Give it 3-4 years at least, and drink it over the next 15+. (LPB) 94+" (10/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth and harmonious, with a graceful texture that lets the dried herb, dark berry, cedar and gravelly earth flavors display their qualities. (JL)" (11/2018)

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2016 Larkmead "Dr. Olmo" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 10 available ($159.95)

97 points James Suckling: "Impressive aromas of dried flowers, crushed blackberries and plums. Some sweet-tobacco undertones. Full-bodied, dusty and juicy with chewy tannins that are supple and savory, combining with the fruit. Flavorful and intense. So structured." (03/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo (Black Label) is deep garnet-purple in color, offering exuberant notions of crushed black and red currants, warm plums and wild blueberries with an undercurrent of cigar box, violets, black tea and pencil lead plus a waft of menthol. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers wonderfully expressive cassis and red berry preserves layers with loads of floral and savory accents, framed by firm grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. (LPB)" (12/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tawny in taut leather with layers of coffee bean, dried herb, plum and cherry, this wine is structured and 100% varietal, from older vines. Lengthy in power and grip, it has dusty tannin weight and breadth alongside fistfuls of Asian spice and clove and lasting acidity. Enjoy now or wait *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (11/2019)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo gets the nod as the most tannic and structured, with a brutally austere style thats just begging for bottle age. Notes of lavender, iron, camphor, graphite, and bloody blue fruits all emerge from the glass. Possessing a Bordeaux-like purity and structure, medium to full body, ripe tannins, and a firm, tight, backward vibe, this is a beautiful wine, but only for those with patience. I wouldnt think about opening bottle until at least 2026, and I suspect it will keep for 40-50 years. 95+" (01/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is distinctive, with a loamy lead-in that quickly yields to enticing alder, flint, savory, sage and tar notes ahead of a core of well-steeped currant and blackberry fruit. Keeps a smoldering edge through the finish, with earth and fruit notes working together. (JM)" (10/2019)

94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo retains much of the youthful intensity and raw power it showed as a barrel sample. Savory herbs, gravel, game, wild cherry, leather, spice, menthol and dried flowers give the 2016 its distinctive aromatic signatures. Despite its mid-weight feel, the 2016 carries quite a bit of tannin and more than enough structure to age gracefully for many years to come. (AG)" (12/2018)

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2016 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($224.95)

97 points James Suckling: "This is a big and juicy red with dark berries, tobacco and hazelnuts. Iron too. Full body and layered, chewy tannins. Balsamic lilt to the red fruit on the palate. Ripe and beautiful. Brick and terracota character to the ripe fruit. Tar too. Needs time to soften." (03/2019)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet-colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (Black Label) (made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) bursts from the glass with vibrant black and red cherry preserves, dark chocolate, crushed black currants and warm plums scents plus hints of spearmint, roses, underbrush, truffles and bay leaves. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a fantastic intensity of black fruit and savory layers, supported with a frame of wonderfully ripe, fine-grained tannins and great freshness, finishing long and minerally. (LPB) 97+" (12/2018)

97 points Vinous: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari is the wine where all the Larkmead signatures come together. Powerful, resonant and also savory, the Solari has so much to offer. Bright red cherry, plum, mocha, new leather and spice infuse this unctuous yet structured, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)" (12/2018)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another deep, powerful wine, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 21 months in 72% new French oak) reveals a ruby/purple-hued color as well as ample black, black fruits, charcoal, graphite, and tobacco-laced aromas and flavors. While its still in the firm, austere style of all these 2016s, this cuvée is one of the more rounded, supple, and textured, and is certainly the most drinkable today. Nevertheless, it needs at a minimum 7-8 years of cellaring to start to approach its window of prime drinking and will keep for decades." (01/2019)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Entirely varietal and made from a tiny yielding section of the estate vineyard, a force of nature and mineral. A substantial nose of baked black fruit, coffee bean and chewy, grippy tannin give it a tenacity and weight that finds length enough to smoothen out the sharp edges, dried herb and clove. This is one to let settle. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (11/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Bright red currant, raspberry and damson plum coulis flavors race through, with tweaks of savory and sassafras as well. Rich and polished in feel, with a well-embedded singed juniper thread on the finish. Distinctive and long. (JM)" (10/2019)

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2012 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 7 available ($244.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2012 Solari is a stunning wine based on 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 20 months in 70% new French oak. As with most 2012s, its drinking brilliantly today and sports a youthful ruby/purple hue as well as a monster bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, dried earth, licorice, and Asian spices. Its rich and powerful, with plenty of underlying structure, yet it stays weightless as well as seamless on the palate, with flawless balance. This is a brilliant, heavenly Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that will continue showing well for another two decades or more." (11/2019)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 70% new French oak) is even better than I thought last year. This spectacular wine boasts notes of white chocolate, hot gravel, crème de cassis, blackberries, licorice and forest floor. A subtle smoky barbecue character is noticeable in the background. This is a thrilling, full-bodied, majestic Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 25-30 years, although its tannic structure suggests cellaring it for 2-5 years will be beneficial. (RP)" (10/2014)

95 points James Suckling: "A wine with sliced mushroom, bark and spice plus berry and dark chocolate. Full body with forest flower, bramble, and light earth. Powerful and rich. A wonderful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from here. Pure Cab." (07/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A broad, rich, expansive expression of dark berry, currant, espresso and mocha, this hits all the right notes, with touches of savory herb and tobacco leaf. Most impressive on the lingering finish, where the flavors run deep. (JL)" (11/2015)

94 points Vinous: "Graphite, smoke, licorice, incense, game and black fruit race across the palate in the 2012 Solari. This is an especially explosive, structured wine for the vintage, with superb balance and the density to support years of exceptional drinking. Black cherries, plums, game and tobacco reappear on the huge finish. This is a rare 2012 that demands patience. 94+ points. (AG)" (12/2014)

K&L Notes: 92+ points Stephen Tanzer in Vinous: "Bright ruby-red; not quite as saturated as earlier vintages of this bottling. Distinctly dark aromas of black cherry, licorice and menthol went into a shell with aeration. Fat, thick and sweet if a bit youthfully monolithic; in a distinctly powerful style and even a tad warm on the end but not especially tannic. According to Petroski, 2012 was "a higher-yield year with a very hot August; 21 straight days after veraison with afternoon temperatures above 101 resulted in slow-cooked fruit." But the harvest did not take place until the first week of October and "the long hang time broke down the skins and resulted in lower tannin levels." Today this is most impressive for its breadth and length, but it needs time. (15.5% alcohol)" (8/2019)

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2014 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($119.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Very powerful aromas of dried spices and cloves with oyster shell and plums. Sandalwood. Bark. Full body. Dense and powerful. Very long and flavorful. Unique. Drink now." (05/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The production of the 2014 Pinot Noirs ranges from a low of 543 cases for the Clos du Ciel to a high of 1,227 cases for the Ma Danseuse. All of these Pinot Noirs are made from what is simply called a Vosne-Romanée clone, which is code, I expect, for a vineyard such as Romanée-Conti or La Tâche, but no ones talking. The 2014 Pinot Noir Le Caprice comes from the steepest part of the vineyard, offering up wonderfully floral notes, along with tart raspberries, loads of cherries, damp earth, roasted herbs and spring flowers. It is a beautiful Côte de Nuit-like Pinot Noir that one might realistically compare with a Grand Cru from Burgundy, such as Griotte-Chambertin. It should drink well for 10-15+ years. Drink through 2031. (RP)" (10/2016)

91 points Vinous: "A powerful, intense wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Le Caprice emerges from the steepest and warmest part of Peter Michael's Sonoma Coast estate vineyard. It is also the first of the Pinots to be picked. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, spices and tobacco are all laced together nicely. Silky, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2014 is a good example of the mid-weight style of the vintage on the Sonoma Coast. The aromatics are especially expressive today. (AG)" (08/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Deceptively complex, slow to build but does so impressively, with a core of plum, blueberry, raspberry, tea and floral notes gaining traction and density, lingering on the finish. (JL)" (09/2016)

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2017 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir - 10 available ($129.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "More earth, baking spices, flowers, and dried soil notes emerge from the 2017 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse, and it too has a beautiful core of strawberry and assorted red fruits. Showing more structure with time in the glass, plenty of acidity, and again, this incredible complexity, drink this savory, elegant, layered wine over the coming 10-12 years." (06/2019)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The medium ruby-purple colored barrel sample of 2017 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse struts some seriously profound blackberry, black cherry and wild blueberries with hints of baking spices, violets, roses and tobacco. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and velvety, with a wonderfully lively backbone and very long, fruity finish. 1,435 cases are expected to be produced, to be released in July 2019. (LPB)" (10/2018)

96 points Vinous: "The 2017 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse is laced with sweet dark cherry, plum, spice, leather, tobacco, menthol and lavender that add to the wine's strong, brooding personality. Ample and virile in feel, Ma Danseus shows the more potent side of the Sonoma Coast to great effect. The 2017 is presently quite tannic, but another few years in bottle should do the trick. (AG)" (05/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Pure and redolent of crushed cherry, currant and plum flavors. Medium-grained tannins and crisp acidity give this heft, with a lingering finish of forest floor and hot stone details, and hints of dried sage. (KM)" (07/2019)

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2012 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 5 available ($129.99)

98 points James Suckling: "The purity of fruit here is impressive, with raspberry, iodine and hints of mussel shell. Créme de framboise. Full body with firm, silky tannins and a long finish. The aromatics are crazy here. Great tannin structure. The finish comes out of nowhere with aniseed." (10/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lusher, more expansive and savory, the 2012 Pinot Noir La Caprice (1,485 cases) possesses stunning richness, and is more approachable and exuberant than the 2013 with the vintages boisterousness and heady, intense fruit well-displayed. The color is a dense ruby/plum/purple, and the wine exhibits lots of red and blackcurrant, dark cherry and foresty notes. It, too, should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)" (12/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "While tight and tannic, this slowly unfolds to reveal a more supple, graceful core of plum and wild berry fruit that's firmly tannic without being weighty, ending with a charming finish that echoes the wilted rose suppleness of the core flavors. (JL)" (09/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby. Black raspberry, incense, rose oil and Asian spices on the nose, with a note of cola gaining strength with air. Sappy and concentrated, with sweet red and dark berry flavors becoming spicier with air. Finishes with impressive energy and lingering red fruit and floral pastille qualities that are unencumbered by tannins. (ST)" (05/2014)

2017 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 8 available ($134.95)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A barrel sample, the 2017 Pinot Noir le Caprice is pale to medium ruby-purple and has an incredibly perfumed nose offering up an array of baking spices and incense over a core of black raspberries, kirsch and redcurrants with wafts of roses, pomegranate and dried Provence herbs. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with wonderfully ripe, silt-like tannins and great freshness supporting the intensely perfumed fruit, finishing long. (LPB)" (10/2018)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Always the first vineyard picked, the 2017 Pinot Noir Le Caprice has a Volnay-like perfume of ripe strawberries, blackberries, violets, and cedary spice. Its incredibly complex, medium to full-bodied, has a terrific sense of elegance, and a great finish. This is a beautiful Pinot Noir from the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation thats already hard to resist yet should easily evolve for at least a decade." (06/2019)

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2014 Peter Michael "Belle Côte" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 6 available ($139.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chardonnay Belle Côte has similar white peach, crushed rock, crème brûlée, tangerine oil and orange marmalade notes. Like its younger counterpart in 2015, it is about as close to perfection as a Chardonnay can achieve. Both have a good ten years of upside. And the super-rare and luxurious cuvée of Point Rouge is largely a barrel selection from the Belle Cote cuvée. (RP)" (10/2016)

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of dried lemon, green apple and fresh herb such as lemon grass. Pine needles. White peaches. Full and layered with wonderful density and a freshness at the same time. Very creamy. Drink or hold." (05/2017)

93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Chardonnay Belle-Côte emerges from the oldest vines on the property. Intensely mineral, with plenty of graphite, slate, dried flowers and herbs, the Belle-Côte is super-distinctive. Fruit is pushed to the background in a Chardonnay that is distinctly mineral and savory-driven in style. Belle-Côte is a combination of Rued, See and old Wente clone Chardonnay. (AG)" (08/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A classy effort, with a mix of ripe pear, honeydew, honeysuckle, citrus and light cedary oak, all well-proportioned. Ends with a layered aftertaste that shows a touch of pithiness. (JL)" (07/2016)

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2016 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 11 available ($189.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A barrel selection mostly from a slightly warmer terroir, the 2016 Pinot Noir Clos du Ciel is an incredible, seamless, elegant Pinot Noir that offers extraordinary notes of caramelized cherries, framboise, strawberries, flowers, and toasted bread. Incredibly seamless, elegant, multi-faceted, and layered, with ultra-fine tannin, no hard edges, and a gorgeous finish. Its hard to pick a favorite out of these Pinot Noirs from Peter Michael as its like splitting hairs, yet this is a tiny notch up and hits every sweet spot." (06/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Pinot Noir Clos du Ciel is medium to deep ruby-purple colored with a gorgeous nose of Black Forest cake, kirsch and raspberry preserves with nuances of exotic spices, incense, potpourri and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with juicy berry layers with lovely plush tannins, finishing very long and spicy. 600 cases produced. (LPB)" (10/2018)

94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Pinot Noir Clos du Ciel is the most tannic and structured of the three Peter Michael estate Pinots. As such, it is going to need at least a few years in bottle to start coming around. Chalk, white pepper, mint and crushed rocks give the red-toned fruit brightness and energy. The Clos du Ciel deftly balances ripeness and fruit intensity with structure. (AG) 94+" (07/2018)

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2016 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend ($199.95)

99 points James Suckling: "Blackberries, blueberries, raspberry kir, sweet tobacco and black truffle. Full bodied with chewy tannins and superb texture and length. Extremely poised and powerful. Finishes with so much fresh leather and blueberries. Goes on for minutes. Try after 2023." (05/2019)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A solid step up, the 2016 Les Pavots comes from vines planted in 1989 and is a mix of two separate sites in Knights Valley. This straight-up phenomenal Cabernet offers a powerful nose of ripe black fruits, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and spring flowers, and it has a Margaux-like complexity and elegance. Full-bodied on the palate, it has a multi-dimensional, seamless texture, building tannins, and a great, great finish. Its a baby of a wine that needs 4-5 years of bottle age, but it will probably merit a triple-digit score in 7-8 years and keep for three decades. 98+" (06/2019)

96 points Decanter: "A good dose of rainfall aided the drought in 2016, however it resulted in uneven fruit-set and therefore a small crop. The vintage was overall slightly cooler than average, which provided a delicate and bright profile for the wines. This is an ideal pairing for a braised rabbit ragu served with handmade pappardelle pasta. It has a lively array of freshly picked red rose and lilac aromas, with flavours of blackberry pie with a toasted crust, black tea and vanilla. Electric and satisfying layers of rich tannins and fruit decorate the landscape.Drinking Window 2019 - 2032 (ED)" (03/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, the very deep purple-black colored 2016 Les Pavots Proprietary Red Wine sings of crushed blackcurrants, blueberry preserves and blackberry pie with hints of camphor, black soil, truffles, crushed rocks and red roses plus a touch of garrigue. Full, rich and with wonderful finesse in the mouth, it has very finely grained tannins and plenty of vivacity, finishing long and earthy. (LPB) 95+" (10/2018)

95 points Vinous: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots is a dense, powerful wine endowed with tons of raciness and class. Today, the 2016 is a bit shy, though. The aromatics are not as expressive as they can be. On the palate, the Pavots is much more giving. I sense a bit less heft than in the in recent past, which is not a bad thing at all. Time in the glass brings out attractive scents of grilled herbs, rose petal and mint to round things out. (AG) 95+" (05/2019)

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2013 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend - 11 available ($199.99)

98 points James Suckling: "The energy and decadence in this wine is truly breathtaking with dried flowers, wet bark, plum, strawberry, and forest fruit. Full body, ultra-soft and velvety tannins. Savory and sappy. Juicy finish. Decadent and more-ish. A wine with a great future and richness. 69% cabernet sauvignon, 21% cabernet franc, 9% merlot, and 1% petit verdot." (06/2016)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots, which is their proprietary red wine blend from Knights Valley, is a killer effort, and one of their all-time greats, ranking right up there with the 2007 or 1997. A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, there are 3,600 cases of it. The wine displays plenty of mocha, chocolate, blackberry, creosote and charcoal in an incredibly complex fragrance. Full-bodied and opulent, it shows, loads of tannin, a hint of unsmoked cigar tobacco and plenty of black and blue fruits. Opaque purple to the rim, this wine is in need of a good 5-6 years of cellaring and certainly has 30-40 years of life in it. (RP) 98+" (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Tightly coiled and slow to reveal its strengths, with dusty dark berry, licorice, road tar, cedar and graphite flavors, ending with a touch of mocha and creamy vanilla. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2020 through 2032. (JL)" (11/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Powerful and tannic in the glass, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots is going to require considerable patience. All the classic Knights Valley signatures come through loud and clear, with beams of supporting tannin and acidity that give the wine its shape and overall feel. Black cherry, game, smoke, licorice and tobacco convey brooding intensity. (AG) 92+" (08/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Long growing season. Wild yeast, no acid adjustment. Deep crimson. Very glowing crimson. Attractive layers and some vegetal notes. Much better mastered tannins than in the 2010 and 2006. Lots of fruit overlay. Meaty and confident. Hint of mint. Long. Dry finish and appetising. 17.5/20" (04/2017)

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2012 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($199.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The amazing 2012 Pinot Noir Clos de Ciel (575 cases) boasts a deep ruby color as well as a sweet perfume of black cherries, damp earth, forest floor, new saddle leather, and raspberries. Rich and medium to full-bodied with a floral component in addition to some tannins in the finish, the result is a slight compression and edginess to the wine as it finishes. This 2012 appears to need more time. I suspect it will hit its apogee in 7-8 years and last 25 or more. (RP)" (12/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby-red. High-pitched red fruit aromas are complicated by blood orange, Asian spices, tea rose and smoky minerals. Lively, sharply focused raspberry and floral pastille flavors gain intensity with aeration and pick up a deeper cherry pit quality. Leaves suave notes of black raspberry and musky herbs behind on the spicy, impressively persistent, focused finish, which barely hints at tannins. (ST)" (05/2014)

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2016 Peter Michael "Au Paradis" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($224.00)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Au Paradis is borderline perfection in a glass and shows the incredible quality both of this estate and the vintage. Tons of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, savory spice, dried earth, and graphite notes all emerge from this full-bodied, structured, concentrated effort that reminds me of a First Growth Pauillac. With building tannins and incredible purity of fruit, its going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle and keep for three decades." (06/2019)

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2012 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir - 8 available ($309.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The compelling 2012 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse (1,480 cases) is even better than the 2013. Notes of lead pencil shavings, DRC-like forest floor, black raspberry, blackcurrant, Asian plum sauce, rose petal and sweet cherry characteristics are found in this spectacular, multidimensional, prodigious Pinot Noir that should drink well for 10-15+ years. The clonal material probably came from one of the DRC vineyards, so it is not surprising that. in this cool climate, with the great fruit purity California can achieve, there is a DRC-like resemblance. (RP)" (12/2014)

94 points James Suckling: "Love the blueberries, raspberries and lemons on the nose, with hints of mussel shell. Full body with a solid core of fruit and a long, beautiful finish. A tangy, terracotta character. It goes and goes." (03/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Bright ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of raspberry liqueur, Asian spices and rose pastille, with a zesty mineral topnote. Pure and silky in texture, offering sweet red fruit and spicecake flavors that put on weight with air. Smoothly integrated acidity provides focus and lift to the finish, which is firmed by smooth tannins that fade quickly into the fruit. (ST)" (05/2014)

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2012 Peter Michael "Au Paradis" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($374.99)

98 points James Suckling: "A relatively new addition to the Peter Michael range and made from a single vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley. Phenomenal aromas of dust, rust, blackberry, currants and dried berries. Spices such as nutmeg and cloves too. Stunning." (07/2015)

96 points Wine Spectator: "*2015 Wine of the Year, Highly Recommended* Deliciously pure and supple, with explosive dark berry and red berry flavors and a silky, polished texture. The tannins become more evident midway through, with a gravelly crushed rock profile that adds a dimension of dust and mineral. Drink now through 2030. (JL)" (10/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Peter Michaels newest offering comes from the Showket Vineyard in Oakville, which sits high on the hillsides of the Vaca Mountains in eastern Napa Valley. The vineyard is next to Dalla Valle, so this is a high-rent Cabernet district. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis is composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc (1,785 cases produced). It exhibits lots of grilled meat, spice box, cedarwood, crème de cassis and vanilla characteristics, a full-bodied earthiness, stunning purity, and refined, silky tannins. It is a gorgeous 2012 red to drink over the next 25+ years. (RP) 95+" (12/2014)

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2013 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 7 available ($409.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay Point Rouge offers up plenty of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, pineapple and baked brioche notes, subtle oak, and a wonderfully multi-dimensional, prodigious mouthfeel and length. This super-intense Chardonnay is exquisite and a tour de force in winemaking. Drink it over the next decade or more. (RP)" (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Ideal for fans of well-oaked, tropical fruitdriven Chardonnays. The wood gives this a buttery hint to offset the core of rich pineapple and guava flavors, revealing depth and nuance on the long, persistent finish. (JL)" (07/2016)

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2010 Peter Michael "Ma Danseuse" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 6 available ($449.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pure perfection, the amazing 2010 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse is one of the greatest Pinots I have ever tasted anywhere. There are only 140 cases of this beauty, which was cropped at just over a ton of fruit per acre. It offers up notes of bouquet garni, roasted meats, black raspberries, black currants, strawberries and cherries. Deep and full-bodied with a flawless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol, this glorious Pinot Noir should prove to be legendary. (RP)" (12/2013)

93 points Decanter: "Peter Michaels steep Seaview Estate vineyards are on the reverse-slope of the first ridgeline in from the Pacific, with vine material from Burgundy. The plummy fruit, rich earth, rose and spice of this cuvée evoke the Côte dOr: ample and authoritative. Lofty alcohol, but its vivid fruit tones avoid torrefaction. (WK)"

93 points Wine Spectator: "Stylish and elegant, with a sophisticated mix of plum, raspberry, spice and savory herb flavors. Very complete, delicate and balanced, with a long, soothing finish. (JL)" (08/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Explosively perfumed aromas of red and dark berries, potpourri and musky underbrush. Penetrating and bright on the palate, offering sweet but sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. A suave, silky midweight that shows outstanding sweetness and precision on the long finish. Morlet describes this wine as 'more intellectual than the Le Caprice.' (ST)" (05/2012)

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2010 Peter Michael "Clos du Ciel" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 8 available ($469.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The perfect 2010 Pinot Noir Clos de Ciel (330 cases) is a dead-ringer for the 1990 DRC La Tache. This could be a game-changing Pinot Noir that sets the wine world upside down given its spectacular quality. It boasts a dense ruby/plum/purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of licorice, spring flowers, black currants, black cherries, forest floor and raspberries. Deep and full with a flawless attack, mid-section and finish, it builds incrementally on the palate, then lingers for 40-45 seconds on the finish. It reveals an ethereal lightness despite its intensity of flavor. (RP)" (12/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A smooth, rich and creamy red, delivering layers of blackberry, plum and blueberry flavors. Turns silky midpalate and then ends with the right touch of tannins, showing a hint of smoky oak. (JL)" (08/2012)

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2012 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Knights Valley Chardonnay - 10 available ($499.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Remarkably, both vintages of Peter Michaels top Chardonnay selection, the Point Rouge, may merit perfect scores. A selection of the best barrels, it is meant to age for 30 or more years. It represents the crème de la crème essence of what this estate is about. Helen Turley first coined the term by putting red dot stickers on the best barrels in the cellar, hence the name Point Rouge. This cuvée is made from Old Wente selections and some of the estates oldest vines, particularly the 25-year-old vines in Belle Côte. (RP)" (12/2014)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Chardonnay doesn't get much better than this. Zeros in on a smooth, rich core of tropical fruit, pineapple, guava, tangerine and nectarine flavors, giving this a brilliant range of fruit to draw upon. Sails along on a long, persistent finish, offering layer after layer of fruit complexity and ending with a kiss of toasty oak. (JL)" (07/2015)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. Complex floral bouquet evokes honeysuckle, jasmine and poached pear, with an intense mineral overtone. At once deep and lively, offering sappy orchard fruit and lemon pith flavors and complicating notes of ginger and saffron. Really stains the palate but shows surprising vivacity for its brawn. Clings with impressive tenacity on the powerful finish, showing smoky mineral and gingery spice qualities. (ST)" (05/2014)

2017 Scarecrow "M. Étain" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($249.99)

94 points Vinous: "The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon M. Étain is ripe, unctuous and flashy, with exotic beauty and tons of allure. Super-ripe red cherry, kirsch, plum, rose petal, mocha and licorice all run through the 2017. This is the first vintage in which M. Étain is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine rather than a pure Cabernet. The 2017 is rich and fabulously lush, with superb balance and loads of appeal. It's hard to describe a $200 wine as under-the-radar or overdelivering, but M. Étain has really been impressive these last few vintages, and 2017 is no exception. Scarecrow fans will love it - of that I have no doubt. (AG)" (01/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, the 2017 M. Étain is deep garnet-purple colored and prances out of the glass with exuberant baked cherries, warm mulberries, plum pudding and crème de cassis notes with touches of Provence herbs, tilled soil and pencil lead plus wafts of spice box and potpourri. Full-bodied, firm and earthy in the mouth, the palate has bags of freshness and a firm structure with loads of spicy nuances on the finish. (LPB)" (10/2019)

K&L Notes: From the winery: "Winemaker Celia Welch writes of the 2017 M.Étain: The growing season of 2017 started with one of the most abundant rain seasons in the last decade or more. With fully hydrated soils, the vines bounded to life in the spring full of energy and ready to grow well, set ample flowers that turned into nicely formed clusters, and found a natural balance as Spring turned to Summer. While June, July and August were sunny and warm, the verdant leaves worked well to provide dappled light on the ripening clusters. The vines destined to become 2017 M. Étain were night-harvested by hand between September 6 and October 6, 2017."

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2015 Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($649.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with gorgeous floral notes of red roses and lilacs over a core of black and red cherries, crushed black currants and baking spices plus hints of iron ore and dusty earth. The voluptuous, rounded, soft and sexy fruit slinks across the palate with incredible seamlessness and expression. Make no mistake, it is full-bodied and decadently powerful, but with a myriad of aromatic nuances, finishing long, layered and boldly perfumed. (LPB)" (10/2017)

98 points Vinous: "The 2015 Scarecrow is stunning. Powerful and intense, but with more detail than it has shown in the past, the 2015 is positively dazzling. Super-ripe red cherry, pomegranate, mint, blood orange and exotic spice infuse this deep, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the years, winemaker Celia Welch has dialed back the oak by giving the wine less time in barrel and lowering toast levels, while moving towards dry farming in the vineyard. Those are some of the choices that have resulted in a truly epic Scarecrow. (AG) 98+" (01/2018)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The inky colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty that shows a richer, more masculine, structured style compared to the 2014. Blackcurrants, smoked herbs, dark chocolate, and graphite notes all emerge from this power packed, rich, full-bodied beauty that has sweet tannin and a great finish. This is a heavenly bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that comes from some of the oldest vines in the valley, in the J.J. Cohn Vineyard on the western side of Rutherford. Id hide bottles for at least 3-4 years and its going to shine for 20-25+ years." (12/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Broad, expansive and layered, with dark berry, currant, anise, cedar and sage notes, supported by firm, chewy tannins and an impressive aftertaste where the flavors glide along effortlessly. Best from 2020 through 2034. *Collectibles* (JL)" (08/2018)

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2013 Scarecrow "M. Étain" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($249.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon, which is hardly a second wine by any means, offers beautiful blackcurrant fruit with some cedar wood/sandalwood notes, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity, and that layered texture that is so enticing. The wine has a beautiful opaque purple color, hints of graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a touch of licorice and the soil undertones that some would say are part of the so-called 'Rutherford dust' scenario, although that's debatable. This wine has the sweetness and opulence to be drunk young, but won't hit its prime for at least another 5-8 years and keep for 20-30. (RP)" (12/2015)

94 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon M. Etain is a superb second wine. The pedigree here is simply striking. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha and spice blossom in the glass, but above all else, the M. Etain is a wine of pure texture. A deep, inky wine, the 2013 offers a compelling interplay of aromas and flavors, with marvelous depth to match its captivating personality. Frankly, it's virtually impossible to put the glass down. The M. Etain was bottled a few months before the Scarecrow, so it is even more expressive than its big brother. (AG)" (10/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Savory aromas of dusty herb and spice lead to a rich, elegant core of blackberry, dark berry, spice, mocha and graphite, with a supple texture and a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2025. (JL)" (05/2016)

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2015 Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available Price: Hidden

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with gorgeous floral notes of red roses and lilacs over a core of black and red cherries, crushed black currants and baking spices plus hints of iron ore and dusty earth. The voluptuous, rounded, soft and sexy fruit slinks across the palate with incredible seamlessness and expression. Make no mistake, it is full-bodied and decadently powerful, but with a myriad of aromatic nuances, finishing long, layered and boldly perfumed. (LPB)" (10/2017)

98 points Vinous: "The 2015 Scarecrow is stunning. Powerful and intense, but with more detail than it has shown in the past, the 2015 is positively dazzling. Super-ripe red cherry, pomegranate, mint, blood orange and exotic spice infuse this deep, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the years, winemaker Celia Welch has dialed back the oak by giving the wine less time in barrel and lowering toast levels, while moving towards dry farming in the vineyard. Those are some of the choices that have resulted in a truly epic Scarecrow. (AG) 98+" (03/2018)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The inky colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty that shows a richer, more masculine, structured style compared to the 2014. Blackcurrants, smoked herbs, dark chocolate, and graphite notes all emerge from this power packed, rich, full-bodied beauty that has sweet tannin and a great finish. This is a heavenly bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that comes from some of the oldest vines in the valley, in the J.J. Cohn Vineyard on the western side of Rutherford. Id hide bottles for at least 3-4 years and its going to shine for 20-25+ years. Drink through 2047." (12/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Broad, expansive and layered, with dark berry, currant, anise, cedar and sage notes, supported by firm, chewy tannins and an impressive aftertaste where the flavors glide along effortlessly. (JL)" (08/2018)

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2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($229.99)

98 points James Suckling: "A very rich and dense red with blueberry and chocolate character. Full-bodied, very silky and refined. Wonderful depth and length. Held back and pretty. Elegance and beauty for a Schrader. Better in 2017." (07/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Starts out bold and assertive, with rich dark berry, cedar and nutmeg flavors, revealing touches of espresso, mocha and melted black licorice. Well-built, tight and persistent, this will benefit from short-term cellaring. (JL)" (05/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard LPV is black/ruby, shows lots of charcoal, scorched earth and an almost Graves-on-steroids personality. Deep blueberry and blackberry fruit, a hint of coffee and chocolate are all present in this impressive, very different style of Cabernet Sauvignon from Schrader. This is Clone 337, planted in a St. Helena vineyard. (RP)" (10/2014)

92 points Vinous: "Schrader's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is laced with blueberry jam, cassis, new leather, cloves and violets. Most of the site's inherent minerality has been baked out, either by the vintage or by some of the farming/winemaking choices, and what comes through is a very ripe, oaky Las Piedras with relatively soft contours and plenty of near term appeal. As good as the 2012 is, I am not sure what the point is of making a wine like this in Las Piedras. In fact, Schrader's Las Piedras is one of the least site-specific wines from this vineyard I have tasted. I would give the 2012 a few years to lose some of its baby fat and see what happens. (AG)" (12/2014)

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2014 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 10 available ($279.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Lots of plum and walnut character in addition to hints of mushrooms and violets. Full-bodied, rich and layered with blueberry and blackberry flavors. Give it a few years to soften. Better in 2019." (12/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS is made from the same clone (337) as the Georges III, but comes from the To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville and not the Rutherford Georges III. This was aged in 85% new Darnajou and 15% new Taransaud. It has fabulous concentration, notes of incense, licorice, blackcurrants, blackberries, as well as spring flowers. The wine is juicy, savory and full-bodied, with wonderful underlying energy and freshness. This wine is a more forward style than we saw with the 2013s, and is best drunk over the next 16-20 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Masters richness, with finesse and refinement. This is a beauty built of deep dark fruit and toasty, vanilla-scented oak, maintaining weight and focus while showing off flashes of elegance and polish. Most impressive on the finish, where the flavors linger. Drink now through 2032. (JL)" (11/2017)

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2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS, which is also from Clone 337 but from different blocks on the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, saw oak with 90% new Darnajou and 10% new Taransaud. This wine seems slightly more expansive, shares the black ruby/purple color with all of it siblings, and has a boatload of crème de cassis, incense, licorice, graphite and vanilla along with plenty of spice box and forest floor. This is a killer, full-bodied, super-duper, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20 years. (RP)" (10/2014)

96 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is another wine endowed with fabulous overall balance. Hints of blueberry pie, jam, mocha, sweet spices, violets and lavender open up in the glass. Even with all of its obvious intensity, there is a translucence and weightlessness to the 2012 that is utterly mesmerizing. The RBS is rich and powerful, but never heavy. Schrader's RBS is Clone 337 Cabernet, which often yields perfumed, supple Cabernets. (AG)" (12/2014)

94 points James Suckling: "A big and rich wine with blueberry, spice and green coffee bean. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Very extracted. Yet intense and rich." (07/2015)

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2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($299.99)

99 points James Suckling: "This is shows complex aromas of chili, red tile and red currant aromas. Full-bodied, dense and powerful. It is so intense and rich yet remains agile and fresh. Austere tannins give this wine form and tension. Lively and captivating. Beautiful now but be patient." (05/2016)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS, also from clone 337, but in this case from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, shows an absolutely perfect 100-point nose of red, black and blue fruits, charcoal, graphite and forest floor. It hits the palate with a seamless integration of wood, tannin, acidity and alcohol and has tremendous opulence and palate presence in its full-bodied, long finish. On aromatics alone, it rates a perfect score, but I ended up being somewhat conservative I suppose. It should drink well for three decades as well. (RP)" (10/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A smoky, charry oak overlay adds flavor and aroma, rounding out the tannins in this robust, chunky effort, with extracted licorice, blackberry, anise, loamy earth and tobacco details. Very tight and backward, so patience is required. (JL)" (11/2016)

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2015 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($349.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "All from clone 337 and from three different blocks in the To Kolan Vineyard in Oakville, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS is one of the larger production cuvee they make and theres just over 1,000 cases in 2015. Crème de cassis, iodine, flowers, huge spice, and loads of dried herbs all emerge from this thrilling effort that has the full-bodied opulence of the vintage front and center. Despite its massive about of fruit, it stays light and graceful and is an undeniably sexy wine to drink over the coming two decades." (12/2017)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, blocks B1, B2 and E2 planted to clone 337, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS has a very deep purple-black color and is a little reticent to begin, offering glimpses at crushed black berries, black cherries and black currants with touches of cedar chest, pencil lead, dark chocolate and dusty earth with a waft of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied and tautly structured with rock-solid, firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting the muscular fruit, it finishes on a lingering earthy note. Forget this one over the next 4-5 years, and drink it over the next 25+. 1,096 cases produced. (LPB) 98+" (12/2017)

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2015 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - CCS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($399.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard CCS is the gem in the lineup and is a perfect wine in every sense. Possessing a deep purple color, awesome minerality in its graphite, blueberry, cassis, and spice-driven aromatics, full-bodied richness and a weightless, elegant yet powerful style that needs to be tasted to be believed, this heavenly 2015 glides over the palate and is as seamless and pure as they come. Ideally it will be given a few years of bottle and its capable of developing for 20+ years." (12/2017)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, block C1 planted to clone 4, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS has a very pretty nose of ripe plums, black cherries and mulberries with an undercurrent of violets, licorice, marmite toast and cigar box plus a touch of aged beef. Medium to full-bodied, the palate struts great finesse, with very fine, silt-like tannins supporting the nuanced black fruit layers, finishing very long and with great purity. 683 cases produced. Drink through 2050. (LPB)" (12/2017)

98 points James Suckling: "Wonderful blue fruits and stones with ink and blood undertones. Full-bodied, tight and very focused with super refined tannins. A long, flavorful finish. Great wine. Drink in 2021 but already gorgeous." (02/2018)

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2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah - 6 available ($259.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A step up from the Grenache, the blockbuster-styled 2012 Syrah Stock checks in as a blend of 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petit Sirah, and the rest Viognier and Mourvedre, that was fermented with 32% whole clusters and aged in just over half new French oak. It offers stunning notes of blackcurrants, cassis, smoked meats, ground pepper and wild herbs to go with a full-bodied, unctuous, layered, yet always graceful and elegant feel on the palate. Nicely structured, with perfect overall balance, it still has the open-knit character of the vintage, yet has plenty of underlying structure, which at the moment is slightly hidden by the wine's lavish fruit. It will be better in 2-3 years, and have two decades of overall longevity. Drink through 2032. (JD)" (08/2015)

96 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah Stock has come together beautifully since I last tasted it a year ago. In particular, the Stock seems to have gained a measure of focus and precision I did not see back then. The inclusion of 32% whole clusters is felt in the wine's floral, savory aromatics and overall sense of freshness. The spherical, creamy finish alone is simply stunning. This is a fabulous showing. The 2012 is 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah, 1% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier, done with 32% whole clusters. The wine spent about 21 months in French oak, 52% new. Vineyard sources are 47% Eleven Confessions, 27% Cumulus, 17% Third Twin and 9% White Hawk. (AG) 96+" (08/2015)

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2013 Sine Qua Non "Male" California Syrah - 5 available ($259.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Like with the 2013 Grenache, I was thrilled to be able to taste the 2013 Syrah Male again (twist my arm), and it continues to impress. Giving up fabulous blackberry, bouquet garni, peppery herbs and minerality, this full-bodied, beautifully textured, concentrated and layered Syrah has ultra-fine tannin, impeccable balance and a great finish. It needs 2-4 years of cellaring and will see its 20th birthday in fine form. (JD)" (08/2016)

96 points Vinous: "Blackberry jam, mocha, chocolate and dark spices give the 2013 Syrah Male much of its deep, powerful personality. This is an especially large-scaled, ample Syrah. Today, though, the 2013 is a bit monolithic. Time in the glass helps, but patience and time in bottle are absolutely essential here. The blend is 80% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 3.5% Touriga Nacional and 3.5% Viognier, done with 28% whole clusters. Interestingly, the 2013 Syrah is more expressive than the Grenache at this stage. (AG)" (09/2016)

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2009 Sine Qua Non "The Thrill of Stamp Collecting" Syrah ($279.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Syrah The Thrill Of impresses for its poise and underlying energy. Dark fruit, spices, licorice and violets sit on a core of firm tannin as this powerful wine opens up in the glass. Today, The Thrill Of comes across as very, very young. The intensity of the fruit and the oak are dominant at present. In another few years the wine should be spectacular. The Thrill Of is 90% Syrah, 6% Grenache and 4% Viognier, all destemmed and mostly from estate owned vineyards. (AG)" (08/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. A wild, heady bouquet evokes candied black and blue fruits, smoky Indian spices and cola. Lush, palate-staining dark fruit flavors show a suave blend of richness and vivacity, picking up floral pastille and licorice nuances with air. Shows superb energy on the finish, which features chewy tannins and a sexy violet pastille quality. (JR)" (11/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "93% Syrah, 4.5% Grenache, 2.5% Viognier. Co-fermented. 58% from Eleven Confessions, 20% Bien Nacido, 13% White Hawk, 9% Cumulus. 50% new French oak. Deep dark cherry colour. Intense dark fruit, with dark notes of tar and smoke and leather and garrigue, violets. Fabulous nose. Can't remember when I have ever found so many aromas in a wine, especially not a wine as young as this. Rich, deep velvet texture. Intense and ripe but not at all raisined. Plenty of oak sweetness and spice but all beautifully integrated and not too hot despite the alcohol, though I would be having trouble if I were drinking not spitting. Full and chewy but highly polished. Still seems young. Fabulous aromas in the empty glass. (JH) 17.5/20 points" (10/2012)

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2008 Sine Qua Non "B 20" California Syrah ($299.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Very classy and suave, with a personality that grows on you, the 2008 Sine Qua Non Syrah B 20 is 92% Syrah, 6% Grenache, and 2% Viognier that was aged in 60% French oak for 26 months. Sporting a deep, opaque purple color, it slowly unwinds in the glass to shows layered, decadent aromas of blackberry, cassis style fruits that are intermixed with notions of underbrush, smoked meat, and chocolate. The purity, as well as the depth and focus are the defining traits here, and on the palate, the wine is on the lighter side of full-bodied and possesses a phenomenal texture that coats every part of the mouth, yet never seems heavy or cumbersome. Seamless, very pure, and perfectly balanced, this beauty is bliss now, but given the balance and overall harmony, should continue to shine for upwards of 12-15 years. Brilliant stuff and it excels more for its seamlessness and elegance more than sheer power. This didn't show at its best until the second day, so if drinking anytime soon, decant." (12/2011)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Syrah B-20 is a cool, inward wine graced with layers of beautifully delineated, chiseled fruit. This is a distinctly mineral, precise style relative to the more outgoing 2009, but both are striking. Floral notes add lift as the finish turns explosive with a burst of dark fruit, tar, licorice and crushed rocks. This is one of the more understated wines readers are likely to come across from Sine Qua Non. It is gorgeous when given the time to open up. The B-20 is predominantly Syrah, with 6% Grenache and 2% Viognier. About half of the Grenache was fermented with whole clusters and the wine was aged in French oak (60% new) for 26 months. The vineyard sources are 52% Eleven Confessions, 18% Cumulus, 18% Bien Nacido and 12% White Hawk. (AG)" (08/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining purple. Highly aromatic nose combines blackberry, cassis, violet, truffle, graphite and cola, with a strong note of cracked pepper. Juicy, precise and shockingly delicate for a big boy (15.5% alcohol), with intense flavors of dark berry compote and candied violet. This has both weight, silkiness, and a strong, energizing core of minerality. Very suave on the back end, finishing with very suave tannins and superb lift. (JR)" (11/2010)

94 points James Suckling: "Intense aromas of raspberries and blueberries with hints of flowers and minerals. Full and dense with a beautiful purity and intensity. Very long and intense. Deep." (10/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh, rich and vibrant, with a medley of cranberry, spice, pepper, wild berry, blueberry and mineral notes. Full-bodied and supple in texture, ending with game meat and dried berry flavors supported by firm, spicy tannins. (JL)" (07/2011)

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2016 Sine Qua Non "Dirt Vernacular" California Grenache - 9 available ($309.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the finest Grenaches to ever pass my lips is the 2016 Grenache Dirt Vernacular and its 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvèdre, 7% Touriga Nacional, and the rest Petite Sirah. Reminding me of an old vine Grenache cuvée from the Maurel brothers in Châteauneuf du Pape, it boasts a huge nose of black raspberries, kirsch liqueur, graphite, ground herbs, and pepper. This is one of those wines that offers incredible intensity and depth, yet still just glides over the palate with no sense of heaviness whatsoever. Full-bodied, rich, layered, and pure, its a riveting example of Grenache that could come from nowhere else. Drink it any time over the coming 15+ years." (10/2018)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The label of the 2016 Dirt Venacular is based on a picture of a stone imbedded in another stone. The wine is composed of 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvèdre, 7% Touriga Nacional and 3.5% Petite Sirah, fermented using 43% whole cluster with the whole cluster mostly used on the Grenache component. The vineyard sources are 42% Eleven Confessions Estate, 25% The Third Twin Estate, 22% Cumulus Estate, 9% Bien Nacido and 2% Molly Aida Estate. It was aged for around 23 months in 38% new French oak, 53% used French oak and 9% concrete.Medium to deep garnet-purple, this Grenache beauty sashays out of the glass with stunning kirsch, black raspberry, stewed tea, red roses, Chinese five spice and redcurrant jelly notes with nuances of wild blueberries and candied violets plus enticing cardamom, chargrill and black pepper undertones. Full-on decadent and full-bodied, the palate is also so vivacious, possessing amazing freshness and velvety/fine-grained tannins, finishing with tons of floral and red fruit layers. Pure hedonism. 1,208 cases and 600 magnums were made. (LPB)" (06/2019)

98 points Vinous: "Sine Qua Nons 2016 Grenache The Vernacular is a classic Sine Qua Non wine. Rich, powerful and aromatically deep, the 2016 has so much to offer. A rush of sweet dark cherry, plum, mocha, licorice, lavender and spice builds in an opulent, flamboyant wine that hits all the right notes. Mourvèdre, Touriga Nacional and Petite Sirah add striking sepia tones throughout. This is a stunning showing. (AG)" (09/2019)

K&L Notes: 96 points William Kelley in Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Grenache Dirt Vernacular wafts from the glass with heady aromas of kirsch, plums and Griotte cherries that mingle with nuances of sweet spice, rose petals and pepper. It saw 34% new oak (along with 53% used oak and 9% concrete), but it's hardly noticeable--much less so than in some of Sine Qua Non's debut Grenache bottlings. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, rich and chewy, with tangy acids despite its considerable power and ripeness, with a deep, layered mid-palate and a long, lusty finish. It's an eclectic blend of 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvèdre, 7% Touriga Nacional and 2.5% Petite Sirah that was fermented with 43% whole cluster--whole cluster being largely reserved for the Grenache component. The blend is dominated by estate fruit, but some 9% came from the Krankl's blocks at Bien Nacido Vineyard that are farmed to their specifications. (8/2018)

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2016 Sine Qua Non "Rätsel 16" California Syrah - 6 available ($309.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Syrah Rastel 16 showed incredibly from barrel and it certainly doesnt disappoint from bottle. Pure perfection in Syrah, this beauty boasts a deep purple hue as well as a stacked bouquet of ripe blackberries, cured meats, scorched earth, white pepper, white chocolate, and bacon fat. Deep, full-bodied, and massively concentrated, it builds incrementally on the palate, with ultra-fine tannins, perfect balance, and a finish that wont quit. I struggle to think of another wine that delivers this level of intensity without any sensation of weight or heaviness. The 2016s, in general, are relatively approachable, but nevertheless, do your best to hide bottles for 3-4 years." (10/2019)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made exclusively from estate-grown fruit, the 2016 Syrah Ratsel 16 is composed of 81% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, 2.5% Grenache and 4.5% Viognier that was fermented with 47% whole cluster. The vineyard sources are 47% Eleven Confessions, 38% The Third Twin, 13% Cumulus and 2% Molly Aida. It was aged for around 23 months in French oak, 47% new.Deep garnet-purple in color, this Syrah from the relatively effortless, beautifully harmonious 2016 vintage comes blasting from the glass with notions of baked plums, black cherries, blackberry compote, licorice, spice cake and mocha plus sparks of cedar chest, lilacs, menthol and pencil lead. Big, full-bodied and opulently fruited, the mouth is completely coated with firm, unabashedly super plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with bags of bright fruit and fantastic energy. If a wine can be electric, this is off the charts high-voltage! 1,791 cases and 600 magnums were produced. (LPB)" (06/2019)

98 points Vinous: "A dark, beguiling beauty, the 2016 Syrah Ratsel 16 is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Layers of flavor build effortlessly as this rich, layered Syrah shows off its considerable allure. Blackberry jam, lavender, spice, menthol, chocolate and licorice build into the sumptuous finish. This is another wine in the range that is bursting at the seams with energy and vibrancy, as if expressing the purest essence of life. I loved it. 98+ points. (AG)" (09/2019)

K&L Notes: 96+ points William Kelley in Wine Advocate: "Produced entirely from estate fruit, the 2016 Syrah Rätsel 16 offers up a brooding bouquet of smoky blackberries, French roast, cassis liqueur and subtle grilled meat, with only hints of all the savory complexity it will show down the line. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and chewy, with a rich chassis of velvety structuring tannins, a deep, super concentrated core of fruit and a long, sapid finish. Like the Grenache Dirt Vernacular, it's quite expressive and giving in profile by comparison with the firmer, more structural 2015s from Sine Qua Non, but its more brooding profile makes me suspect it has more potential upside with some time in bottle. It's a blend of 81% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, 2.5% Grenache and 4.5% Viognier that was fermented with 47% whole cluster. 1791 cases and 600 magnums were produced." (08/2018)

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2010 Sine Qua Non "Five Shooter" Central Coast Grenache - 5 available ($324.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A similar blend (75% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 2.5% Mourvedre, 4.5% Roussanne and 2% Viognier) and also a brilliant bottle of wine, the 2010 Grenache Five Shooter spent 20 months in 75% used barrels, with the balance in concrete and new French oak. Seamless and elegant, with the house richness and texture, it gives up thrilling, floral-tinged aromas and flavors of red berry fruit, flower oil, spice, white pepper and licorice to go with a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel that keeps you coming back to the glass. While approachable now, it will have upwards of two decades of longevity. (JD)" (08/2013)

97 points Vinous: "The 2010 Grenache Five Shooter has turned out even better than I had expected. An utterly vivid, compelling wine, the 2010 is supported by persistent notes of graphite-infused minerality that give the wine much of its energy. Seamless layers of blue/black fruit sit on that razor's edge of salinity in a Grenache loaded with class, finesse and pure refinement. A kaleidoscope of flavors hits the palate on a superb finish that is given an extra dimension of lift from the inclusion of 20% whole clusters. (AG)" (07/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Heady aromas of black raspberry, bitter cherry, dark chocolate, violet, olive, espresso, bacon fat and cola; smells like there's a lot more Syrah in here. Sweet, dense and lush, with deeply pitched black and blue fruit and bitter chocolate flavors supported by a firm spine of acidity. Finishes very long and ripe, with fine-grained tannins and mounting mineral and spice notes. (JR)" (11/2012)

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2009 Sine Qua Non "This Is Not an Exit" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache - 8 available ($349.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More open, upfront and sexy, the 2009 Grenache This is Not an Exit is comprised of 79% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 3% Viognier, and 3% Roussanne that spent 31 months in roughly 35% new French oak. Showing overflowing richness, with notions of incense, spice cake, potpourri, and creamy raspberry fruit, it is a full-bodied, voluptuous, and decadent Grenache geared for drinking over the coming decade or so. Drink now-2023. About as good as it gets across the board, these singular, incredible wines are the result of an obsessive attention to detail at all stages of the wine making process. There is no secret or hidden magic going on here. The incredibly talented and down-to-earth Manfred Krankl simply walks the walk as opposed to only talking about attention to detail or offering up the standard, wine is made in the vineyard comments. Looking at the vintages focused on here, 2009 has produced a decadent, voluptuous style that offers up thrilling levels of fruit as well as an approachable, heady richness that's hard to resist. (JD)" (08/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Intense cherry and boysenberry aromas are complicated by notes of cola, violet, candied licorice and smoky spices, plus a hint of vanilla. Packed with dense, alluringly sweet dark berry compote and floral pastille flavors that are energized by zesty minerality and a jolt of white pepper. For its sheer mass this is almost shockingly elegant. Finishes with smooth tannins and excellent, spicy persistence, leaving a juicy dark berry note behind. (JR)" (12/2013)

94 points Vinous: "Next to the 2010 and 2011 reds, the 2009 Grenache This is Not an Exit comes across as a bit heavy. Black cherries, plums, tar, mocha, new leather, licorice and menthol saturate the palate in an intensely overt, full-throttle Grenache. Today, the 2009 is not as expressive as it has been in the past. It may be that the 34% whole clusters still aren't fully assimilated. I have seen the Sine Qua Non Grenaches develop beautifully with time in bottle but today, the 2009 isn't ready to show all of its cards. (AG) 94+" (07/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Exhibits a complex note of raspberry-mocha tort, with layers of flavors and a range of textures, from fleshy to firm. This is gripping on the finish, where the tannins keeps the flavors intact. Drink now through 2024. (JL)" (03/2014)

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2014 Sine Qua Non "Piranha Waterdance" California Syrah - 3 available ($349.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blended of 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Touriga Nacional and 1% Graciano, sourced from 34% The Third Twin, 35% Eleven Confessions and 31% Cumulus (all estate vineyards), the provocative, inky purple colored 2014 Syrah Piranha Waterdance was made using 26% whole cluster and hits the scent scene with exuberant, pure crème de cassis, blackberry cordial and blueberry coulis notes with hints of espresso, licorice, garrigue and menthol, plus a gorgeous underlying perfume of red roses. The full-bodied palate is oh-so-elegant and pretty, revealing very finely pixelated tannins that beautifully frame the almost electric intensity, culminating in an epically long, licorice and chocolate-laced finish. Too stunning for mere words and rude to even try--just drink it. (LPB)" (09/2017)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2014 Syrah Waterdance is utterly sensational, and like all great wines, blends incredible intensity and depth with a weightless elegance and seamlessness thats hard to believe. Checking in as a blend of 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvèdre, Touriga Nacional and Graciano that was fermented with a quarter whole clusters and aged in just over 50% new oak, it offers to-die-for notes of crème de cassis, cracked pepper, liquid violets, wet stone and hints of spice. Utterly sensational on the palate as well, its a full-bodied, rich, unctuous beauty that has nothing out of place, perfect balance, sweet tannin and a finish that wont quit. Ideally it would be given 4-5 years of cellaring and it will see its 20th birthday in fine form. I loved the 2013s from Manfred Krankl, and these are reminiscent of the 2010s (as are the 2015s). The 2014s are more plush and sexy, with a forward style thats already impossible to resist." (08/2017)

95-97 points Vinous: "A wild, exotic wine, the 2014 Syrah Piranha Waterdance hits the palate with serious richness, power and voluptuousness. This is in a decidedly lush, exotic style. A rush of super-ripe, intense fruit builds into a flamboyant finish in a heady, inviting wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. The blend is 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Touriga Nacional and 1% Graciano, done with 26% whole clusters. (AG)" (09/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, ripe and powerfully built, with deep and expressive smoky beef, cracked pepper and currant flavors that charge like a bull toward big but polished tannins. Best from 2019 through 2025. (TF)" (09/2017)

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2009 Sine Qua Non "This Is Not An Exit" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah ($379.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An extended barrel-aged release, the 2009 Syrah This Is Not An Exit is 100% from the Santa Rita Hills Eleven Confessions Vineyard and checks in as a blend of 80% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 7% Roussanne and 1% Viognier that saw 41.5 months in 65% new French oak. Slightly exotic, with notions of kirsch, flower oil, smoked meats, licorice and graphite, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, loads of fruit and a blockbuster finish. More approachable than the 2010 extended barrel age Syrah, this beauty will still have 15+ years of longevity. Drink now-2024. (JD)" (08/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Intensely perfumed scents of black raspberry, cherry preserves, potpourri and smoky minerals. Brisk, tightly wound dark berry and floral pastille flavors are underscored by intense minerality and show excellent clarity. Closes smooth, sweet and very long, with slow-building tannins and lingering florality. (JR)" (12/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Offers exciting aromas of black licorice, ground coffee, anise, mocha and dark berry that are explosive on the palate. Deep, dense and persistent, with gripping tannins that give the flavors traction. Best from 2015 through 2029. (JL)" (03/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2009 Syrah This is Not an Exit seems to still be showing some of the effects of its recent bottling, about a month and a half before this tasting. Like the 2009 Grenache This is Not an Exit, the Syrah is rich, powerful and voluptuous. Chocolate, mocha, black cherries and menthol are followed by hints of pomegranate, orange rind and spices, all of which add an exotic flair. (AG)" (07/2013)

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2007 Sine Qua Non "Dangerous Birds" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah ($599.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Aromas of fresh leather and blueberries with hints of licorice. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a long finish. Intense black pepper and spice. Great finish on this. Amazing complexity. Like 1978 or 1961 La Chapelle. Amazing. This will improve for decades." (10/2011)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "About as good as it gets across the board, these singular, incredible wines are the result of an obsessive attention to detail at all stages of the wine making process. There is no secret or hidden magic going on here. The incredibly talented and down-to-earth Manfred Krankl simply walks the walk as opposed to only talking about attention to detail or offering up the standard, wine is made in the vineyard comments. Looking at the vintages focused on here, 2009 has produced a decadent, voluptuous style that offers up thrilling levels of fruit as well as an approachable, heady richness that-s hard to resist. While they possess ample depth and structure, I would drink these before either the 2010s or 2011s. The 2010s here are stunning and have everything; gorgeous fruit, awesome concentration and incredible purity. While the most age-worthy of the recent vintages, they're a spectacular drink even today. The 2011s, which were all tasted out of barrel, have additional freshness and focus over the 2010s. They have solid concentration and overall balanced profiles that should allow them to cruise in the cellar. (JD)" (08/2013)

98 points Vinous: "The 2007 Syrah Dangerous Birds, from Eleven Confessions, includes 4.5% Grenache and 2.5% Viognier, all fully destemmed. It is a seamless, show stopper of the highest level. The fruit is decidedly opulent in the 2007, while the high percentage of new oak barrels (84%) contributes to the wine's shape and volume. An impeccable, eternal finish rounds things out in style. (AG)" (08/2011)