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“Going To Put Smile On Everyone’s Face”: 2016 Booker Reserve List: 2016 Booker Allocation
Ripe, sexy and highly exclusive–the 2016 Booker allocation is the entire point the Reserve List exists. One of the truly great wineries of Paso Robles, Eric Jensen’s renowned estate annually produces some of the most elusive treasures for collectors of Californian wine. Always averaging between 96 to 100 points each vintage, these wines always hit the ball out of the park–for the critics and their huge loyal following. Just take a look at Jeb Dunnuck’s monster scores below! The name Booker comes from the two...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
DRC West: Aubert de Villaine’s California Dream
We don’t need to “sell” HdV. It’s DRC in California. Literally. The venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the legendary de Villaine Family of Burgundy (of Domaine Romanée-Conti) has always cast a wide net, making California collectors lust and Burgundy enthusiast swoon. Of course the standard here is very high - this is the family that makes DRC, after all. Thus, the wines, across the board, are excellent - stylish, suave and complex - and, naturally, delicious. But they’re also accessible - both in regards price and quantity. When’s the last time you had DRC...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Ian Halbert
Taste the Tasting: Spanish Cult Rockstar Raul Perez!
There is an increasingly easy case to be made that Raul Perez has assumed the mantle of being the most exciting and talked about winemaker – not in Spain – but on Earth. His cult following has gone global. With all this hoopla and mounting praise, I don’t blame you for expecting the man to headline the halftime show at a future Super Bowl (he’ll come dressed in old vine Mencía). On September 26th we were treated in tasting Mr. Perez’s line of work for the 2015-2016 vintage. It was a special night and one that cemented for many just how special and lucky we are to witness Mr. Perez’s spectacular...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
91 Point Crushable Cali Chard: 2015 Sandhi Chardonnay Santa Barbara County
There is no shame in preaching the gospel of good value California Chardonnay, just so long as it is produced from the gifted hands of Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman. Mr. Parr and his partner have been putting us under their spell for a few years now, be it through their collaborating effort in Sandhi (as in the case here), or Piedrasassi or Domaine de la Côte. With a combination of Old-World principles, smart, sensitive winemaking and a key eye for sourcing from some of St. Rita’s best terroir, it’s an understatement to say...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
97 Point Grand Cru of the Andes!
While we pass on a lot of wine coming from South America, this one grabbed our attention. 2014 is a historic moment for Cheval des Andes, the ultra-luxurious, no-expense-spared venture between St. Emillion’s legendary Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de los Andes. “This has to be the best Cheval des Andes I've tried so far,” gushes Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez, who awarded a whopping 97 points to the wine. Moving away from power, new oak and ripeness, 2014 marks the first time the winery has focused on finesse, aromatics and longevity. Pasquini, an Italian expat, nailed it. He decreased the use of...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
Unicorn Alert! Sub $50, 94 point, Organic & Estate Grown Napa Cab
It would be easy to sell this wine simply with the price, provenance and score. Under $50 Estate grown Rutherford Cabernet from a special vintage with 94 points from Antonio Galloni doesn’t come around often. However- I have a whole lot more to say about why this wine has recently become special to me. While you may feel familiar with the winery on some level, and you might be used to seeing its name on retail shelves, this is the time to stop and give an extraordinary producer the attention it deserves.Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Guy Davies
Mouton of the Andes: 97 pt. Almaviva 2016
Almaviva is a collaboration between Concha y Toro and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Founded in 1997, the idea was to create a Chilean Grand Cru Classé. To say that they have achieved their goal is an understatement. The wine has achieved a level of global recognition as not just a Chilean First Growth, but one of the world’s great Cabernet blends. With 60 hA in Maipo Valley’s Puente Alta, the highest point in the valley, the alluvial soils are ideal for the traditional Bordeaux grapes, with a strong core of Cabernet Sauvignon but also supporting vines of Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Ian Halbert
“Total Knock-Out”: 2013 Vietti Barbaresco Masseria
We have sold a small ocean of Vietti’s triumphant 2013 series and this week we have decided to throw another one into the mix. Can you blame us? Any bottle stamped with the year 2013 and labeled as Vietti is pure gold. As you know it was an epic year for the Piemonte, a vintage that Luca Currado and company made some of their best wines in over a decade – including this one, the 95-point banger “knock-out” Barbaresco Masseria. Confident to the point of towering and impeccably balanced, the 2013 Masseria is sourced from a special single vineyard (limestone and clay) that captivates with a theatrical...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
Pre-Arrival: Cardinale’s 96+ Point 2015: “Nearly impossible to resist!”
Today brings one of the most anticipated releases in the Napa calendar, with the magnificent and well reviewed 2015 Cardinale. Made every year as a blend of what is essentially the ‘greatest hits’ of Napa, with Oakville’s legendary To Kalon vineyard combined with mountain fruit from Diamond Mountain, Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder, and Spring Mountain. I was lucky enough to taste this at the estate in Oakville a couple of weeks ago, and it’s an absolute beast. Dark, powerful, brooding, and insanely...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Guy Davies
Crystal Vision: 98 Point “Mind-blowing” Alsace Treasure
Antoine Kreydenweiss just dropped the mic. Wine Advocate recently announced his 2015 stellar Grand Cru series to be “the most exciting wines produced in Alsace in that vintage.” Don’t believe them? Just try his spectacular 98 point Grand Cru Kastelberg – a bottle which wine geeks and Alsace insiders are already debating to be legendary. Kreydenweiss produces some our favorite Rieslings in Alsace. They’re stylish, but not styled. They consistently exciting, but never in an extreme way. They have a Zen like balance and the best of his Rieslings carry a supernatural ability...Learn more
Posted in Reserve List By Tim Sellon
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