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For the Collector…

20150902_1454182010 John Duval “Eligo” Shiraz
From the Penfolds Winemaker of 29 years, John branched out on his own, not veering from quality fruit to make this stunning Shiraz, highlighting the great fruit from the Barossa. Here is deep purple with blackberry, liquorice and chocolate on the nose, followed by a silky-smooth mouth feel of black fruits, cedar and spice.  The finish is long and lingering and this wine would be even better in a few years time!  If you like Penfolds, try some of John Duval’s wines and you surely won’t be disappointed!
20150902_1453442013 Ken Wright Shea Vineyards Pinot Noirs
With Oregon boasting a terroir similar to Burgundy, it’s Pinot Noirs are gaining a reputation for being soft, supple and long lived.  From Ken Wright Cellars, it’s a “hands off” approach to winemaking.  This is a complex wine that showcases the lovely fruit with hints of earth and spice. Hold this for 10 years in your cellar and you won’t be disappointed.
20150902_1453002010 Clos de Brusquieres Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Although there are 13 allowable grapes in a CdP, most are “classic” GSM and these are no exception.  This wine comprises 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. A great vintage and certainly a keeper in your cellar.  The price is great too!




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20150328_1235182010 Drouhin Vosne-Romanée
Just north of Nuit St. Georges in the Cote de Nuit, comes one of the most celebrated villages in all of Burgundy, producing such wines as Romanée-Conti and Richebourg
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
“Supreme elegance! Beautiful colour, with intense and bright reflections. The diversity of the aromas is striking: wild cherry, nutmeg, camphor wood, fine leather…Later on, the wine takes on a subtle aroma of truffle, producing the most varied palette. With its perfect balance between tannin and acidity, the wine has a fleshy, sturdy body. Powerful and long aftertaste. A wealth of harmonious sensations characterizes this great Burgundy”. 
Great for cellaring!  You can drink now with decanting or hold for 10-30 years
20150328_1236142013 Droin Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru
This father and son team of Jean-Paul and Benoit Droin are located in Chablis, Burgundy’s north for steely, minerality driven expressions of Chardonnay. With centuries of winemaking behind them, this wine has great finesse, is always developing with hints of vanilla.  wine.  A stunning wine that is beautiful now, but suggested to hold for 4-5 years before drinking and can cellar for 10 years and beyond.
20150328_1235582010 Staglin Family Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
From the estate vineyards in the Rutherford Bench comes this unfined and unfiltered Chardonnay.  Don’t let the cloudiness fool you.  This wine is stunning with layers of fruit, minerality and creaminess.  100% barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in 68% new oak, and some malolactic fermentation, there are tropical notes of key lime, banana cream pie and notes of Madagascar vanilla with just a wisp of toasty oak. Absolutely stunning now, but some age will add even more layers of complexity.  Drink now to 2020.


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For the Collector: The New World
2011 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a spectrum of vineyards, this perfectly integrated wine is beautifully orchestrated, with rich and juicy blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry notes.  Shaded by mocha and toasty-cedary, oak nuances, tannins are soft and lingering.  Drink now and over the next 15+ years. 93 points Wine Spectator. $155.95
2012 Emmolo Merlot (Napa Valley)
One of the most incredible Merlot wines coming from this area, I was a bit dubious to try it.  What entered my mouth was completely amazing.  Made by Jenny Wagner from the Wagner family of wines, this wine is incredibly smooth with soft tannins, and incredibly complex. Superbly rich plum fruit, smoke. leather and touches of sweet spices, this Merlot is a MUST for any collector.  If you have an intense love relationship with the Shafer, you are bound to love the Emmelo! Drink now until 2020 $80.95
2012 Lancellotti Onelia Oregon Pinot Noir
A stunningly beautiful 100% Pinot from the Willamette Valley which is producing Pinot Noirs remeniscent of Burgundian Pinots.   Beautiful notes of raspberry  and cherry cola with hints of smoke.  Great balance of acidity, alcohol and tannins and a superb long finish.  I have no doubts this wine would hang on for some time (10-15 years) and drinking very nicely right now. Aerate or decant for full flavours and aromas. $70.95
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2010 Maltus Le Dome

From the vineyards of Chateau Teyssier in St. Emilion (Right bank Bordeaux) comes this beautiful gem that must be tasted to be believed. This incredible vintage boasts high levels of Cabernet Franc (80%) with the remaining Merlot (20%).  One of the greatest expressions of the Cab Franc grape to come out of the bank. Dense purple with notes of dark cherry, blackberries and camphor.  A plush texture and smooth finish with offerings of cocoa, oak and black cherries.  This one is a keeper.  Drink now until 2030. $458.95. Three bottles in store. 90+ points by Parker, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.


2009 Fontodi Flaccianello Della Pieve

This 100% Sangiovese Super-Tuscan began as a cru of grapes from the vineyard of the same name, the “Flaccianello della Pieve”; in 2001, however, Fontodi widened Flaccianello’s base to source from the estate’s best grapes. This big red wine, born in 1981, combines all the old-world characteristics of Sangiovese with modern vinification techniques. Aged in 100% French oak for 18 months, and additional ageing in the bottle. Wildflower aromatics, along with black currant, raspberries and spice with sun-drenched earth and silky tannins. The 2011 vintage appeared on the 2014Wine Spectator top 100 list, reaching #14 with a mark of 95.  The 2009 also scored equally high with marks of 94 and 96 from Parker and Wine Spectator respectively and scored #25 on the top 100 for 2012. Put it away for a bit to mellow out, but can drink to 2029. $141.95



2007 Cantina di Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella (1.5L)

Grapes for the Amarone Riserva are chosen each year from the winery’s best vineyards. This selection process aims to extract the very best Valpolicella has to offer.  The drying or appassimento of the grapes is done in the traditional way on grass mats.  The wine is a deep garnet red with aromas of fruity jam, spices, cherries and black cherries, with tertiary aromas from the drying process of tobacco and cocoa.  A full bodied, elegant and velvety complex wine!  Drink now to 2027. $256.95  for a 1.5L in a wooden box.


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