2013 Palazzo Wine Red (750ml)
Merlot from Napa, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Scott Palazzo has been earning serious reviews for his Bordeaux-inspired Proprietary Right Bank Red for several vintages now. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet – inspired by his time in the Libournais – this powerful, individualistic masterpiece began as a dream more than 40 years ago, becoming reality with the bottling of his 2005. A decade later, in his comprehensive Napa retrospective of August 2015, Parker's eyes were opened to the magic, and the world was turned on to Palazzo's "voluptuous blockbusters." That was just the beginning. Chef Thomas Keller of the French Laundry in Napa contacted Palazzo at the winery after a vertical tasting of the Palazzo wines. Keller recognized the inimitable structure, elegance and power of Scott's wines and was smitten. Keller wanted to focus on Cabernet Franc – a Palazzo specialty – and the two built a custom cuvee that took the wine world by storm. Then came their next special cuvee, the Cuvee Blanc; a La Mission Haut Brion Blanc inspired, Semillon masterpiece which came to life at one of those Palazzo-Keller tête-à-têtes. Together, these bottlings represent the profound talents of Palazzo. These are among the finest wines in America; wines that thrill – masterpieces you'll adore.


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Given the fact that the 2013 had been in bottle only five weeks when I tasted it, some allowance should be made by readers that it may have been somewhat less expressive, but it certainly strutted its stuff. A blend of 68% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has beautifully fragrant, fresh earth, coffee, chocolate, blackberry and cassis notes, a brawny, vigorous, uplifting mouthfeel, a tightly coiled texture, and moderately intense but sweet tannin. The purity, freshness and vigor are all there, but the wine still resembles a barrel sample, as one might expect. Forget it for another 4-5 years and drink it over the following two decades.

95+ points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 220 - Aug 2015)

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2013 Porseleinberg Syrah (750ml)
Syrah from Swartland, Coastal Region, South Africa
B-21 Top Recommendation
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From super bargains to superstars, South Africa puts it all on the the table with an unmatched spectrum of diversity; terroir, varietals and winemaking. The biodynamic work of green thumb Johan Reyneke who is doing great work with old vine Chenin Blanc, and fortunately South Africa has extensive holdings of old-vine Chenin. Ernie Els is turning out winning wines, in particular the 2014s with intense, exceptional reds. Serious Cabernet sources are blessing this Proprietor's Blend from the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. What about a Syrah that favors the great wines of the northern Rhone? Cape Syrah! Stunning Porseleinberg Syrah is being hatched from concrete eggs in the Swartland. Winemaker Callie Louw is proving South Africa is a serious world stage contender. Organically farmed, whole bunch fermentation, native yeasts to grapes from severe schistous rock soils make a terroir-driven wine not to be missed. Buitenverwachting's Bayten Sauvignon Blanc is a serious Sauvignon Blanc as much as a serious bargain. Planted in the southwest corner of South Africa, a cooler growing region just eight miles from False Bay – well suited for Sauvignon – that is dry-farmed old vines planted on decomposed granite. These are just a sampling of cutting-edge, fun, dynamic wines from South Africa that you are sure to explore and enjoy.


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The 2013 Porseleinberg uses whole bunch fruit and is matured 60% in foudre and 40% in concrete eggs. Winemaker Callie Louw has fashioned a wine that has a very composed, quite intense and voluminous bouquet - black cherries and iris, with less of the violets and more a brooding marine influence that with aeration takes control of the aromatics. The delineation here is very impressive. The palate is grippy on the entry, the terroir permeating this Syrah from start to finish. With a Cornas-like brutishness counterpoised with stunning delineation and focus, this is a serious Syrah for the Syrah Swartland afficionado. It has the presence to last 15-20 years and represents one of the region's best contributions to the vintage. Good luck finding a bottle!

95 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Nov 2015)

This has a core of raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit waiting to burst out, harnessed for now by graphite-edged grip. Loads of black tea, violet and anise details fill in the background, while the finish ripples with acidity. Youthfully coiled, showing superb energy throughout. Syrah. Best from 2018 through 2027. 420 cases made.

94 points, Wine Spectator (Sep 2016)

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2008 Pra Amarone della Valpolicella (1.5L)
Corvina from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
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From time to time, I like to walk the warehouse, see what goodies we've collected in the cold recesses over time; 50 years at this location there's no telling what we might find in the warehouse. I guess that's an advantage to having such an expansive, cold warehouse – you don't really worry about all those treasures (until the accountants start asking questions). So last week I took a stroll down Big Bottle Lane – took a special bottle or two home, too. Friends, our collection of perfectly stored big bottles of Italian wines – pristine condition, perfect provenance – would send your Pavlovian senses into overdrive. Magnums of 100 pointers, double magnums of 2007 Brunelli, big bottles of 2010 Baroli... yeah, I went nuts with the ordering; you'd think I have a love for perfection – and an affection for large formats. Well, it's Italian Madness time – okay, so I stole from basketball season, it's still catchy – and you're gonna flip for the selection; the prices are a slam dunk! Sorry, couldn't help myself... Seriously though, take a look at this selection, and remember: these are my personal stash; you won't find better conditions, or a better selection under one roof.


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The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella captures the essence of this gorgeous Amarone vintage. Sage, rosemary, black cherries, plums, menthol and tobacco all meld together as the 2008 begins to open up. Sweet, perfumed and beautifully silky, the 2008 impresses for its impeccable balance. The tannins and underlying structure are there, but they are nearly buried by the wine's pure concentration. This is a fabulous showing from Prà.

95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Mar 2014)

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2013 San Felice Chianti Classico Il Grigio Gran Selezione (1.5L)
Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Italian wine lovers didn't have to wait long for the stars to align in our favor again; seems like only yesterday that we were lining up, falling over ourselves for every bottle of 2010 Brunello we could find. And now: the 2013 Chianti selections! Flat out gorgeous. Wine Advocate tells us, "The 2013 vintage in Chianti Classico reminds me of the very successful 2010 vintage. This is a classic year with a slow and long growing season that is particularly favorable to Sangiovese.... The wines show depth and precision..." Many of our favorites, in fact, are coming in at scores which outrank their 2010 counterparts – never thought I'd see that. Galloni concurs, sending true connoisseurs over the edge for their very favorites, "The wines range from excellent to sublime. A few 2013s show the potential to ascend into the ranks of the truly epic." Yep, he said "epic." I've tasted quite a range myself, pulling together the select group presented today, which offer so much in terms of excellence, deeply satisfying complexity and that one trait we really love: value! Mix and match to your heart's content – or why not a case of each? These are some killer buys from Chianti's "epic" vintage.


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Smooth and delicious, this boasts enticing scents of violet, berry, leather, tilled soil and aromatic herb. The radiant, elegant palate offers ripe red cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and licorice, while a note of pipe tobacco closes the finish. Polished tannins and bright acidity provide balance and structure. Drink 2018–2025.

95 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2017)

The San Felice 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Grigio is a delightful wine packed tight with brilliant red fruit intensity and beautiful background notes of pressed violets, licorice, crushed stone, honey and blue flower. It offers everything you should expect of a traditional Chianti Classico. The mouthfeel is silky and streamlined with polished tannins and an impressive sense of elegant length and finesse. This is sublime Sangiovese that is executed with extreme honesty.

94+ points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Jan 2017)

This is really outstanding with layers of refined tannins and fruit. Medium to full body, chocolate, berry and light cedar character. Long and caressing. Better in 2017 but so good now!

94 points, James Suckling (Aug 2016)

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2015 Peake Ranch Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard (750ml)
Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Paul Lato has been turning out wines of "authenticity, harmony, and elegance" from his eponymous winery in Santa Barbara for decades. His first mark on the wine world came while working in Toronto. One of the top Sommeliers in town, Paul's services were in high demand. Paul's first visit to California in the early 1990s introduced him to Jim Clendenen. Jim offered Paul an internship and began introducing the soon-to-be-famous winemaker to the top growers in the region. By 2004, Paul settled in Santa Maria, his first winemaking gig at Bien Nacido, living in the bunkhouse. But each day brought another opportunity. Meeting the greatest growers in the region, Lato learned from the most passionate producers in the state. His star ascended quickly; when he launched Paul Lato Wines, it was an overnight success. So when John and Gillian Wagner launch their dream winery – Peake Ranch – a couple years ago in Santa Barbara, their choice in winemaker was easy. No one knows this region, is as closely tied to its top sites, as Paul Lato. Together, they are producing wines which will take your breath away. As Jeb Dunnuck says, you wouldn't expect anything less with Lato in the cellars.


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Showing a darker slant in its currants, cassis, smoked earth and licorice, the 2015 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard is beautifully concentrated, rich and layered, with a silky, seamless texture. While the straight Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is selected with the idea of making an upfront, approachable wine, this cuvée is selected from lots that have the most backbone and structure. There’s 318 cases produced.

95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2017)

The 2015 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard is a racy, voluptuous wine. Unapologetically flamboyant, it exudes depth and pedigree. Dark red/purplish fruit, wild flowers, mint, lavender and sweet French oak flesh out in this creamy, super-expressive Pinot. This is another superb wine from Peake Ranch.

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Sep 2017)

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2016 Martinelli Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch (750ml)
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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If you spend some time speaking with long-established farmers throughout Sonoma, one thing becomes crystal clear. The Martinelli family, with their pristinely well-farmed vineyards – on some of the most dramatic hillside plots in the area – is without rival. Legendary family patriarch Giuseppe Martinelli and his wife Luisa tended vineyards in their native Lucca, Tuscany before emigrating to California in the late 1800s. This understanding of hillside viticulture attracted the Martinellis to many of the steeply sloped sites we see the current generation farming. Add all of these Pinots by Martinelli to your collection, and enjoy.


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A rush of ripe red cherry, pomegranate, mint, blood orange and rose petal infuses the 2016 Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch. Rich, racy and forward, with striking fruit intensity, the Zio Tony has an immediate allure that is impossible to resist. Even with all of its flamboyance, the 2016 remains light on its feet. The combination of richness and precision makes for a compelling Pinot Noir that will delight readers for many years to come. What a wine!

96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jan 2018)

Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch opens with loads of exotic spice notes, including cumin, fenugreek and star anise, over a core of crushed blackberries and black cherries with a touch of tar. Big, concentrated and full-bodied, it is packed with spicy goodness with a sultry, plush frame and just enough freshness to lift the finish. 488 cases produced.

94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # 236 - Apr 2018)

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2015 Pignan Cuvee Coralie & Floriane (750ml)
Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Success of the 2015 vintage is solid in Chateauneuf du Pape. These selections are among the best of the vintage. Not since 2010 has CDP enjoyed great success, and collectors have been snapping them up. These 2015 Chateauneuf-du-Papes that we have for you below are simply stunning. Don't miss out on this selection, each deserves your attention.


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Consisting of one-third each Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Coralie et Floriane is a spectacular wine. It's a blend of lots from three different lieux-dits, each with a different soil type. The result, after aging in a mix of demi-muids, new barriques and stainless steel, is a rich, concentrated wine with standout aromas of bright berries, orange zest and spice. The velvety finish hints at vanilla, chocolat