2015 Quintessa Proprietary Red (375ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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As with many of California's most famous North Bay wineries, the 280 acres situated on the west side of the Silverado trail just north of the Rutherford Cross Road was once owned by a famous San Francisco restauranteur. In the case of this winery-to-be, the owner was George Magar Mardikian, Armenian-American restaurateur and chef who owned the ever-popular Omar Khayyam's restaurant on Powell Street. He dreamed of converting the land to a winery upon retirement, passing away before it became reality.

More than a dozen potential buyers made their pitch for the Mardikian property before The Huneeus couple. With decades worth of experience, Agustin was certainly qualified to launch and manage a wine estate, but the key factor in winning the bidding war for the Rutherford property was Valeria's experience. This estate was one of the last large "virgin" estates remaining at the time of purchase by the couple in 1989. It had never been planted to grapes, and Mardikian's wish that it be tended properly was taken seriously.

Valeria was an international viticulturist, earning her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia. Valeria preached organics, sustainable farming and practiced Biodynamics. Between Agustin's vast experience and Valeria's Biodynamics, the Huneeus couple met the high standards required for purchasing the 280 acres they would convert to Quintessa.

Planting 170 acres, the couple enlisted the advice and services of Jean Claude Berrouet (Petrus) in identifying 26 individual vineyard blocks. Phylloxera-resistant clones were planted – American as well as European – with a total of 14 clones planted to seven rootstocks. Every aspect of planting took place with an eye towards diversity. The entire 170 acres was established from day one to function as a self-sustaining, closed biosphere. Biodynamics is serious business, as is the couple's estate motto: "fine wine is a reflection of place." ...Another super Quintessa indeed.


97JS

Aromas of blue fruits, blackberries, tile and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh, bright finish. Layered and intense with white-pepper and salt undertones. Love the finish to this racy young wine. Beautiful blue fruits! Drink in 2020 and onwards. From biodynamic grapes.

97 points, James Suckling (May 2018)

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2014 Vina Sena Sena (1.5L)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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Attending the launch of a new wine project called Almaviva by the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild at SOBE's Delano Hotel In 1998 - it wasn't clear what a forces the wines of the Andes would bring to our wine world just two decades later. This collaboration of the Bordeaux Rothschilds and the Chilean winery Concha y Toro was most propitious, once again in Miami: James Suckling's 2017 Great Wines of the Andes Grand Tasting at The East made the point profoundly, the world stage - taken. Chile's 100 point Seña, poured by the gracious Director Eduardo Chadwick captivated the crowd. Chadwick collaborated with another great wine visionary - Robert Mondavi during the '90s. In the same decade, Pierre Lurton of Chateau Cheval Blanc discovered the Las Compuertas Vineyard in Argentina. This 80 year old Malbec vineyard became Cheval Blanc's footprint in the Andes: Cheval des Andes. Each a testament to the wines of the Andes, Stunning treasures await.


97JS

Complex aromas of blueberry, rose petal, licorice, and currant. Full body, ultra fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Balanced and very refined. A wonderful purity and beauty. Give it three to four years to come together but already a beauty. A blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 16% carmenere, 11% malbec, 8% merlot and 5% petit verdot.

97 points, James Suckling (May 2016)

$259.99

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Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny Port (750ml)
Port from Barossa, Australia
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Penfolds, the benchmark of all that is great wine in Australia. Iconic Grange, 707 or 389, these are reference standard wines. The Penfolds Ports fly under the radar but are worth a visit.

The name goes back over a century when a cask of Tawny was held back exclusively for the Penfold family use. The age of the oldest wine, the blend dated back to the Grandfather, so the name. The average age of the blend exceeds twenty years, produced from Mourvedre, Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache and of course a touch of Aussie spirits. Raisin, toffee, walnut and vanilla, it is drinking beautifully, complex and long and a winner for all generations.


97AWC 95RAS

Fully aged but bright tawny; the very complex Xmas cake bouquet has all manner of Asian spices asking to be heard; the palate is very luscious yet magically made elegant by its burnt sugar acidity.

97 points, Halliday Wine Companion (Jul 2013)

Rich, complex and fragrant of nuts and vanilla, amber colored, viscous, with intensity and a clean finish. Harmonious, mature, and luscious.

95 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Dec 2018)

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2015 Vina Sena Sena (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Attending the launch of a new wine project called Almaviva hosted by the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild at SOBE's Delano Hotel in 1998 – it wasn't clear what forces the wines of the Andes would bring to our wine world two decades later. Most propitious was this collaboration of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild and the Chilean winery Concha y Toro – their flagship Don Melchor. Almaviva isn't the only Chilean property too have joined the 100 point club; both 2014 Clos Apalta and 2015 Seña are members too. Momentum is building in Chile as world class wines are emerging. It is happening now.


100JS

Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the finish. A complex and complete wine that delivers a generosity with firmness. Drink in 2021 but already a classic to drink.

100 points, James Suckling (May 2017)

$139.99

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2016 Standish The Schubert Theorem Shiraz (750ml)
Syrah from Barossa, Australia
B-21 Top Recommendation
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I consider Dan Standish the reigning king of Barossa Shiraz. On a conference-room table at Peter Lehmann, surrounded by other top-quality wines, his 2016s completely bowled me over for their intensity, complexity and harmony. And, according to Standish, 2016 was an easy vintage. One-and-a-half inches of rain in January slowed down the ripening until harvest could take place under slightly cooler conditions. "We had tiny berries, we had to do nothing in the vineyards," he said. Sourced from single old-vine plantings in the subregions of Ebenezer, Marananga, Greenock and Hutton Vale, this is a prodigious collection of wines, meticulously produced in tiny quantities from old vines and low yields.

– Wine Advocate


98WA

From a Marananga vineyard, Standish's 2016 The Schubert Theorem Shiraz is even darker hued than The Relic. Blueberries, licorice and violets appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and creamy-textured, growing more tannic and savory on the nearly endless finish. Monolithic and young, give this at least a couple of years to become more approachable.

98 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)

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2016 Standish Lamella Shiraz (750ml)
Syrah from Barossa, Australia
B-21 Top Recommendation
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I consider Dan Standish the reigning king of Barossa Shiraz. On a conference-room table at Peter Lehmann, surrounded by other top-quality wines, his 2016s completely bowled me over for their intensity, complexity and harmony. And, according to Standish, 2016 was an easy vintage. One-and-a-half inches of rain in January slowed down the ripening until harvest could take place under slightly cooler conditions. "We had tiny berries, we had to do nothing in the vineyards," he said. Sourced from single old-vine plantings in the subregions of Ebenezer, Marananga, Greenock and Hutton Vale, this is a prodigious collection of wines, meticulously produced in tiny quantities from old vines and low yields.

– Wine Advocate


99WA

I suspect the 2016 Lamella Shiraz will be the longest lived of Standish's impressive 2016 releases. Sourced from Hutton Vale, it was made using 100% whole clusters and does appear slightly more tannic than the other bottlings. It starts with gorgeous florals, mint and blueberries, which carry onto the full-bodied, concentrated palate. It's richly tannic and velvety, with tremendous length.

99 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)

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2015 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, California
B-21 Top Recommendation
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It was love at first sight for Molly and Donn Chappellet. That first glimpse of Pritchard Hill, surrounded by serene forests, wildflowers, meadows and a view for miles was all it took. The year was 1967 and the Chappellet clan left southern Cali to establish their home and estate on Pritchard Hill. A true pioneer, fourth generation Californian Donn Chappellet became among the first to establish high elevation estate grown Cabernet production in the state. A passion for Bordeaux First Growths, he was convinced that the volcanic soils, exposure and the 1,700 foot elevation he selected for Chappellet Vineyards was the perfect environment. His intuition spot on, Chappellet Vineyards became synonymous for brilliant, structured and intense Cabernets virtually overnight. The roster of winemakers who teamed up to work alongside Donn was as impressive as the Cabernets themselves. Robert Parker recently reminded readers, "One of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted from the valley was the 1969 Chappellet made by Philip Togni." Chappellet continues its run of staggeringly rich, structured, powerful Cabernets.