Auction Countdown
8 days, 15 hours and 36 minutes to go
JOIN FREE NOW

MEMBERS LOGIN

Forgotten your password?

Lot Categories

Australian2858
Burgundy712
Italian392
New Zealand197
Bordeaux186
Champagne144
Rhone120
Imported103
France79
Chablis78
Port48
Spirits19
Sauternes / Barsac18
Whisky12
Total Lots:4966

Top 10 Most Popular Lots

THOMPSON ESTATE The Specialist2013
BODEGAS RODA Roda 1 Reserva2009
DAL FORNO ROMANO2010
DAL FORNO ROMANO2010
DAL FORNO ROMANO2010
BODEGAS RODA Roda 1 Reserva2009
PENFOLDS Bin 3892003
PENFOLDS Bin 3892003
PENFOLDS Grange1990
ROCKCLIFFE Single Site2018
See Top 100

Live Market Prices

PENFOLDS Grange
HENSCHKE Hill of Grace

Parker Extraordinary

Lots in the current auction catalogue with 96-100 Robert Parker Wine Advocate Points

KRUG Clos de Mesnil Blanc De Blanc 1998
Blanc De Blanc Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1600

Rating: 96 points

The 1998 Brut Blanc de Blancs Clos du Mesnil has come together beautifully since I tasted it last year. This is a remarkably taut, focused bottle of the 1998 with great energy and minerality in its precise, crystalline fruit. I don't expect the 1998 to be one of the longest-lived Mesnils, but if this bottle is any indication, it should continue to drink well for a number of years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028. My visit to Krug earlier this year was fascinating, as I had a chance to taste a number of 2009s and reserve wines. A tank sample of the 2009 Clos du Mesnil was one of the most exciting, viscerally thrilling wines of the trip, and remained etched on my mind for several weeks. I also had a chance to glance over newly found, hand-written original records that document the exact village breakdown of all the grapes Krug purchased in each vintage going back to 1928. This year I tasted a number of fabulous wines from bottle. Unfortunately I can't include my impressions on Krug's NV Champagnes because of the house's insistence on not providing disgorgement dates for those wines. I was reminded of the importance of this information when I tasted a fabulous, utterly spellbinding bottle of the NV Rose. It was a truly beautiful Champagne, but owing to its recent disgorgement it needed at least a few years on the cork. Of course Krug gives a general indication of the disgorgement dates for their wines on the corks, but by that time, readers may have opened a bottle that needs more bottle age. Without this information it is impossible to give readers any reliable indication of when the house's NV wines might start drinking well. With a retail price over $300 a bottle, opening a bottle of Krug's Rose can be a very expensive learning experience. Krug fans will want to keep an eye out for my upcoming article on Clos du Mesnil, featuring complete notes back to the inaugural 1979.

CHA
0001
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1115

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 1996
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 350-370

Rating: 98 points

The brilliant 1996 Dom Perignon, which has largely disappeared from the marketplace, may be the finest young example of DP I have ever tasted. Notes of crushed rocks, honeysuckle, lemon oil, orange marmalade, and white pear provide a stunning aromatic display as well as palate impression. Great acidity and huge flavor intensity backed up by vibrant acidity make this an exquisite Champagne. It should drink well for 20-25 years, possibly longer. Readers should remember that the 1971 Dom Perignon Rose is still drinking exquisitely. I recently had the 1969 and 1970 Dom Perignons (from magnum), and both were drinking brilliantly. It makes one realize just how long-lived these wines can be. Production is confidential, but there must be hundreds of thousands of cases of Dom Perignon since it available in most of the worlds luxury hotels and restaurants.

EYA
0005
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $264

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 1998
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: 97 points

The 1998 Dom P?rignon has an intense white-golden color and is beautifully clear and fine on the nose, which indicates a lovely maturity and displays grey bread, almond cake and iodine flavors, along with lemon and orange aromas. This clarity and mineral freshness proceeds on the highly elegant, finesse-full and silky textured palate, and the complexly flavored, very distinguished finish is dry and mineral, revealing a stimulating salinity and tension. The 1998 seems young still, but is certainly a great pleasure to drink and will be for many years.

ON1
0270
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $175
SAL
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $194
EYA
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $244

SALON S Le Mesnil Blanc De Blancs 2007
Blanc De Blancs Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 820-840

Rating: 96 points

The superb 2007 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil wafts from the glass with a beautiful bouquet of crushed chalk, lemon oil, crisp green apple, white flowers and brioche. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, taut and incisive, with bright acids, a tight-knit core and a brisk mousse, concluding with a long, chalky and bone-dry finish. After the comparatively broad and fleshy 2002, 2004 and 2006 vintages, the 2007 Salon seems to mark a return to a racier, more precise style—though admittedly that's in keeping with the style of the vintage—that makes me anticipate the release of the 2008 all the more eagerly.

XFW
0483
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $807
XFW
0490
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $807

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2015
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-450

Rating: 100 points

The fitting capstone to what was a terrific vintage for Clarendon Hills, the 2015 Astralis Syrah is destined to become a McLaren Vale legend. Remarkably precise, complex and pristine aromas of anise, pepper, mint and blueberries lead the way. Theyre followed by a full-bodied yet impeccably ripe palate thats dense and concentrated yet supple, leading into a velvety, nearly endless finish. Wow.

JEL
0408
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0409
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0410
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0411
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0414
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0415
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $276
EDD
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
EDD
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
EDD
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
EDD
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
EDD
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
EDD
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275

CLONAKILLA Shiraz Viognier 2008
Shiraz Viognier Canberra
Estimate Per Bottle: 130-140

Rating: 96 points

Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2008 Shiraz Viognier presents very youthful blackcurrant and black plums aromas accented by cloves, tree bark, some sage and a whiff of bacon. Medium to full-bodied, this more structured style has medium-firm, grainy tannins, vibrant acid and a long, concentrated finish. Drink it now to 2024+.

ALA
0027
1 BOTTLE Slight label damage (back label)Current Bid: $80
ALA
0028
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $85
ALA
0029
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76

D'ARENBERG The Dead Arm Shiraz 2001
Shiraz McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 98 points

Readers should be on the look out for the 2001 The Dead Arm Shiraz, one of the greatest examples of this cuvee. Its dense black/purple color is accompanied by celestial aromas of melted licorice, graphite, blackberries, cassis, incense, anise, and toasty oak. Fabulously concentrated, with great purity, an unctuous, viscous texture, and an amazingly long, 60-second plus finish, this fabulous baby will need 5-6 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following 20-25 years.

Chester Osborn, the remarkable person behind this enormous array of both impeccably high quality and value-priced wines, deserves considerable accolades for what he is able to achieve at all price ranges. If you love Australian wines, d'Arenberg is a winery to seek out as these offerings all possess abundant soul as well as character. In short, the accolades that proprietor/winemaker Chester Osborn receives not only from The Wine Advocate, but virtually everybody in the wine world, are all well deserved.

WHI
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $66
WHI
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $69
WHI
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $78
WHI
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $78
WHI
0015
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $78
WHI
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $78
WHI
0017
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $78

GIACONDA Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay Beechworth
Estimate Per Bottle: 190-200

Rating: 97+ points

The 2010 Chardonnay is intensely scented of apricots, pineapple paste, crushed cashews and lightly buttered toast with suggestions of preserved ginger, mandarin peel, struck match and meal. The palate packs stone fruit and citrus flavors into a medium-bodied package that has a lovely, silken texture and a crisp acid line. It finishes with layer after layer of nutty and toasty richness. Delicious now, it will certainly reward patience and drink to 2019+.

JKL
0058
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
JKL
0059
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $128
JKL
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
JKL
0061
1 BOTTLE Slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $124
JKL
0062
1 BOTTLE Slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $140
JKL
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $150

GRANT BURGE Meshach Shiraz 2008
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-110

Rating: 96+ points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 Shiraz Meshach shows off a very spicy nose redolent of sandalwood, black olives and dried berries with fruit cake, black licorice and potpourri scents. Full-bodied, it is rich and very spicy with some oak poking through, a crisp acid line and medium-firm, velvety tannins to frame the long finish. It is approachable now but will drink to 2024+.

Meshach is the flagship wine named after Grant's grandfather. -I was looking for a name that had something to do with longevity,- says Grant. -My grandfather lived for 99 years and 9 months.- The wine predominately comes from Filsell vineyard's old vines that were planted in the 1920s. Made to last 20-plus years, it sees 20-22 months of oak and is released with five years of age. Originally aged in American oak, Grant found it too sweet, so he changed to a 20% French oak and 80% American oak regime in 1998. The 1988 was the first vintage and in 2007 none was made.

GEN
0303
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $69
GEN
0305
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $69
GEN
0306
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
GEN
0310
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $69
GEN
0311
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $69

GREENOCK CREEK Apricot Block Shiraz 2001
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-200

Rating: 99 points

The 2001 Shiraz Apricot Block represents a spectacular example of Barossa Shiraz. Made from 10-year-old vines cropped at 1-1.5 tons per acre, it is a dense, full-bodied Shiraz possessing fabulous intensity, great purity, and a multi-tiered, skyscraper-like mid-palate. It can be drunk young or cellared through 2018-2020.

297
0036
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $94

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 96 points

Still a bit tight and cedary, the 2013 Mount Edelstone Shiraz could use a couple of more years to flesh out and round into form. Sage and blackberry notes predominate in this full-bodied, concentrated and richly tannic offering. It still comes across as slightly drying on the finish, but its velvety, and the fruit comes through at the end, so dont hesitate to hold onto this for a decade or more.

ACC
6991
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $150
ACC
6992
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $150

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 98+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Shiraz The Armagh offers a gorgeous perfume of baking spices, violets, Sichuan pepper and fragrant earth. More earthy and savory in the mouth than on the nose, the palate is superbly structured and taut—built for the long-haul—with a long, complex finish. Still very youthfully, forget this wine for 3-5 more years and consider drinking it over the next 20+.

XSA
0022
1 HALF BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $145
XSA
0003
1 HALF BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $145
XSA
0021
1 HALF BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $145
ACC
6911
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $126

LEEUWIN Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2014
Chardonnay Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96 points

One of Margaret Rivers (and Australias) iconic Chardonnays, Leeuwins 2014 Art Series Chardonnay continues that proud tradition. Never shy on toasty, nutty oak or bold fruit, the 2014 features both seamlessly woven together in perhaps greater harmony than in past vintages. Hints of white peach, Bosc pear and citrus appear on the medium-bodied palate and linger on the elegant, finely textured finish.

XLE
0716
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0717
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0718
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0715
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0714
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0713
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1100-1150

Rating: 99+ points

The release of the 2004 Bin 60A following the epic 1962 Bin 60A is old news now, but the wine was looking very fine indeed when I tasted it so I thought Id add a note. Blended of 56% Coonawarra Cabernet from Block 20 and 44% Barossa Shiraz from Koonunga Hill Block 56G and Kalimna Blocks 4 and 14, the wine was matured in 100% new American oak hogsheads for 13 months. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers restrained notes of game, smoked meat, earth, blackberry and black currant liqueurs, yeast, marmite-toast plus whiffs of dried lavender, cedar and bark. Very crisp, very tight and very firm, this taut medium-bodied wine is still all structure at this stage, going very long and earthy in the finish. Give it time and consider broaching it from 2014. It should drink well into the 2030s if not beyond.

JOE
0006
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $538
JOE
0005
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $538
JOE
0004
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $538
KNS
0223
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $830
WHI
0040
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $548

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1900-2000

Rating: 97 points

Its not known exactly when the Kalimna Block 42 was planted but there are suggestions that the vines existed during the latter part of the 19th Century. They could be the oldest Cabernet vines in the world, although the famous Metala Cabernet vineyard in Langhorne Creek was known to have been planted in 1891 so could very well pre-date Kalimna. Regardless, Ive been there and the vines are truly old. Only very rarely does Penfolds release this as a single vineyard wine, when the Cabernet is so fabulous it cant possibly be blended. The 2004 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon was such a vintage. Matured in 100% new American hogsheads for 13 months, it displays a very deep garnet-purple color and profoundly earthy / gamey aromas over black cherry preserves, creme de cassis plus scents of leather, pencil shavings, Mediterranean herbs, black truffles, underbrush and black olives. The elegant, medium-bodied palate is tightly-knit and led by structure with a high level of grainy tannins, very high acid and a long earthy finish. Approachable now, it should continue to evolve and drink to 2025+.

KNS
0226
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $1001
WHI
0041
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $736

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 98+ points

A wine that flirts with perfection, and should rival the 1986 as one of the legendary Granges produced, the 1998 has one of the highest alcohol contents (nearly 15%) as well as one of the highest percentages of Shiraz in the blend (97%). Its stunning purple color is accompanied by exceptionally sweet aromas of blackberry liqueur intermixed with barbecue spices, an endearing, smoky earthiness, pepper, roasted meats, and coffee. Huge, massive, unctuously textured, and extraordinarily youthful, this impressive wine is a candidate for perfection. It should continue to evolve over the next three decades.

137
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $527
137
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $527
TYS
0026
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $501
WIN
0008
1 MAGNUM BOXED High shoulder , slight capsule damage, signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $572
WHI
0049
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $578
TOM
0001
1 BOTTLE Very slight label damageCurrent Bid: $554

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 98+ points

It is always a treat to taste Australias most famous wine, Penfolds Grange cuvee (the word Hermitage has been dropped because of legal issues). The 2001 Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz that should shed some of its structure and tannin over the next 4-5 years, and be at its best between 2010-2030+.

ROB
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $369
TYS
0034
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $350
GBE
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $384
SCO
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $384

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 99 points

The 2004 vintage was outstanding in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Magill, the regions where the grapes were sourced for the marvelous 2004 Grange. It contains 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 16 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays a superb nose of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Medium to full-bodied, satin textured, with deeply layered, succulent blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors, it has the structure and complexity to merit extended cellaring of a decade and more. The winery estimates a drinking curve of 2016 to 2050; Id be a bit more conservative on the long end of the range. It will ultimately be seen as one of the great vintages of Grange.

SCO
0032
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $300
SCO
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $356
SCO
0034
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, leakyCurrent Bid: $180
SCO
0035
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, leakyCurrent Bid: $180
SCO
0052
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $800

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2005
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97 points

Containing just a dollop of 4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Grange is about 85%+ Barossa fruit with the remaining proportions coming from McLaren vale and Coonawarra. It was aged for 18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. The nose begins a bit animal with some smoked game, mincemeat and bacon notes emerging over the freshly crushed, sun-warmed blackberries, black currant cordial, earth, black truffles, anise and allspice. Rich and full with very firm very fine tannins and very crisp acid, it gives a long finish layered with coffee, mincemeat and toast. Drink it 2013 to 2025+.

TUR
0411
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $428
TF
0001
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $412

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 98+ points

Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, its still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+.

SCO
0038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $430
SCO
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $420
SCO
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $420
SCO
0041
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $420
SCO
0042
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $420

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 100 points

Very deep garnet-purple in color the 2008 Grange reveals a truly decadent nose with tons of spices, fruit cake and black & blue fruit compote notes along with nuances of chocolate and potpourri. The full and rich, multi-layered palate has a little oak still showing, it is going through a little bit of a structural stand-out stage, but it doesnt detract on the long and complex finish. It still needs a good few years to develop, though this very opulent, expressive Grange shows the very best of this vintage and the vineyards it hails from.

SCO
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
SCO
0045
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $500
SCO
0046
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $500
SCO
0047
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $500
SCO
0048
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
SCO
0049
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $550

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2009
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

Rating: 97 points

The 2009 Grange Shiraz is a comprised of 84% Barossa, 8% McLaren, and a little Clare Valley and a little Magill fruit with a small 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. At this youthful stage, this deep garnet-purple colored wine puts forward a vivid expression of blackberry preserve aromas amid underlying cassis, black cherry, spice box, char-grilled meat and chocolate box notes. Surprisingly medium to full-bodied (it smells much fuller!) with taut flavors that are very closed in the mouth, it has firm, chewy tannins to structure through the long and earthy finish. 406 cases imported to the US. Drink it 2018 to 2035+.

CON
0017
1 BOTTLE Signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $325

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 99 points

The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage.

SCA
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $651
DIO
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $566

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2013
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 100 points

Remember that old Heinz Ketchup “anticipation” ad from the 1970s? The palate of this 2013 Grange does just that. It makes you wait with so much delicious promise being drip fed into the mouth at first—and then it bursts forth and delivers!

SCO
0036
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2014
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 98 points

Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It's full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerful and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standards. Gago doesn't rate the vintage overall that highly, but he says the selection this year for Grange was a bit more stringent and that production levels were just average. There are still over 1,000 cases for the United States.

WIL
0030
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $495
WIL
0031
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $495
WIL
0032
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $495
WIL
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $495
WIL
0034
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $495
SCO
0037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2500-2600

Rating: 96 points

Medium brick colored, the 1971 Grange opens with touches of aldehyde / bottle-stink to begin over a core of fruit cake, leather, potpourri, game and sandalwood. With an elegant light to medium-body, the palate blossoms into incredible spice box, anise and mincemeat notes - wonderful multi-layered flavors – supported by a good backbone of remaining fine-grained tannins and lively acid. Its a classic Grange in terms of construction, though a little atypical considering its pretty rather than powerful nature.

BEN
0054
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2012, severe label damageCurrent Bid: $800
SKO
0029
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2018, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1832
GMH
0004
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine Clinic 2006, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1154
CH9
0090
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2014, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1152

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1982
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 97 points

The 1982 is another superb example of that. One of the jammiest, most precocious Granges when it was released, it has never gone through a closed stage and continues to drink beautifully. A full-bodied, opulent Grange, it reveals an inky/purple color to the rim as well as a beautiful nose of crushed blueberries, blackberries, smoke, toast, roasted herbs, and road tar. This dense, plush, expansive, seamless, seductive 1982 has not changed much since I had it nearly a decade ago.

STE
0001
1 BOTTLE Into neck, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $346
OAK
0296
1 BOTTLE Into neck, label damageCurrent Bid: $388

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2300-2350

Rating: 98+ points

One of my favorite wines from Penfolds, the 1986 (a blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the most powerful Granges produced (14+% alcohol). At age 23, it reminds me of the way it tasted around 9 years of age. Inky/purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of sweet licorice, crushed pepper, blackberry liqueur, camphor, and barbecue spices, this sensationally full-bodied, concentrated, layered 1986 is still an infant in terms of its ultimate potential. It is remarkable how this wine has aged, and its hard to believe how certain wine geeks will subscribe to the aging ability of the Grange, but dont believe the same is true for other old vine Shiraz wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale. It just doesnt make any sense. The 1986 is one of the greatest Granges for my palate, and it appears to still have 25-30 years of upside.

DEH
0002
1 MAGNUM BOXED Penfolds red wine clinic, signed by winemakerCurrent Bid: $1281

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 97+ points

Very deep purple-black in color and showing an attractive nose of warm blackcurrants, blueberries and licorice with a complex undercurrent of mocha, cedar, menthol and grilled meat, the full-bodied 2010 St Henri Shiraz is relatively rich in the mouth, offering tons of fruit structured by firm, fine tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes with great persistence. Drink it 2015 to 2030+.

PAU
0026
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $165
PAU
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $158

SONS OF EDEN Autumnus Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 330-350

Rating: 99 points

From a single vineyard at 420 meters above sea level and fermented with 50% whole bunches, the 2012 Autumnus Shiraz approaches perfection. It marries amazingly complex notes of peppered beef and spices with ripe blueberries in a seamless whorl of aromas and flavors, then delivers amazing density and richness of texture without excessive weight or any sense of heaviness. Great structure and length suggest this wine will still be singing in a decade or so. Wow!

PAU
0097
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $208

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 98 points

The 2004 Descendant, an old oak-aged blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier from a 12-year old vineyard, offers up notes of blackberries, ink, sweet truffles, and acacia flowers. There are 1,000 cases of this full-bodied, intense, rich blockbuster. It will drink well for 10-15 years.

433
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $90

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2010
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96 points

Deep garnet-purple in color and projecting intense aromas of creme de cassis, warm black plums and blueberry compote enhanced by hints of tar, aniseed, smoked meat and even a slight lift of honeysuckle, the full-bodied 2010 Descendent is already displaying great harmony at this early stage as it fills the mouth with perfumed black fruits supported by medium to firm, rounded tannins and balanced acid. It finishes very long. Approachable now and drink to 2024+.

433
0050
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $94

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2005
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 98 points

The 2005 Les Amis, sourced from a 100+-year-old vineyard, is 100% Grenache aged for 18 months in new oak. Remarkably fragrant, it emits full-throttle aromas of spice box, kirsch, wild raspberry, and blackberry liqueur. Plush on the palate, it reveals layers of rich, red and black berry flavors, ripe tannin, and a 60-second, pure finish. Although it can be admired now, the wine merits 6-8 years of further bottle aging to reveal all of its splendors. This sensational effort could easily masquerade as Pegau Cuvee de Capo on human growth hormone.

433
0037
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $108
433
0038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
433
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Run Rig offers a nose of baked cherries and raspberry preserves with suggestions of violets, cinnamon toast, aniseed and vanilla. Full-bodied with characteristic elegance and poise in spite almost of its power, it has a solid backbone of very finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing with great length.

433
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $150
433
0034
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $150

TORBRECK The Factor Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet-purple color and a 100% Shiraz wine aged in predominately older oak, the 2010 The Factor reveals a stunningly beautiful nose of creme de cassis, plum pudding and blackberry coulis with intriguing flourishes of licorice, dark chocolate, cloves and peppered salami. Big and voluptuously fruited in the full-bodied mouth, this is a full-on, complex Shiraz possessing a great foundation of firm, rounded tannins and an energized acid backbone to bring everything to a finish with outstanding length and harmony. Approachable now, it should drink best 2016 to 2028+.

PAU
0117
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $100

FELSINA BERARDENGA Fontalloro Sangiovese 2015
Sangiovese Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 97 points

The 2015 Fontalloro is a landmark achievement. The bouquet strikes out with immediate complexity. It dangles aromas of black cherry, spice, tar, forest floor, wild rose and campfire ash in front of your nose with seductive allure. The unified presentation and delivery of all those aromas is profound and impressive. This edition of Fontalloro is exceptionally smooth and silky in texture and this is surely linked to the ripe, soft and finely textured fruit produced in this vintage. This is a pure expression of Sangiovese that is aged in barrique for up to 22 months. Some 30,000 bottles were produced.

MUL
0042
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
0046
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2015
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-620

Rating: 99+ points

With approximately 500 cases produced, the 2015 Hermitage les Bessards is probably among the most available of the vintages top wines. Jump on it if your means allow, as I suspect this wine will be a candidate for perfection once it sheds some tannin. Its perfumed on the nose, concentrated on the palate and amazingly long yet also elegant from start to finish. And amid the power, oak and massive cassis and blackberry fruit, it also manages to include hints of crushed stone evocative of its granitic terroir. Its breathtaking stuff, virtually guaranteed to bring a smile to any wine lovers face.

XDW
0433
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $579

CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) 2006
1er Grand Cru Classe (A) Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1450

Rating: 97 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château Cheval Blanc is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc. It has the most floral bouquet of the four Serié A Grand Cru Classé: an explosion of crushed violets and potpourri, hints of leather and cigar box, the Cabernet Franc clearly lending this complexity and character. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels wonderfully structured and comes with an insistent grip that coats the mouth. This is backward and almost surly, but you have to stand back and admire the precision and arching structure on the mineral-rich finish. Top-dog Saint Emilion? Thats for sure. Tasted January 2016.

XNE
0032
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1349

CHATEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classe 2009
Cru Classe Graves
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1350

Rating: 100 points

The 2009 was not part of this vertical tasting, so I am repeating the tasting note published in issue #199 of The Wine Advocate from a tasting done in January, 2012.

XNE
0136
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1289

CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2003
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 96 points

A killer wine (Im so sorry I didnt buy any), the 2003 La Mondotte is clearly one of the superstars of the vintage. An intriguing perfume of licorice, Asian soy, black currant jam, ripe cherries and subtle toast emerges from this extravagantly rich, voluptuously textured, opulent, full-bodied St.-Emilion. Just coming in to full maturity, it is pure, rich and full. Drink it over the next decade or more.

XDV
0138
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $434
XDV
0139
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $434

CHATEAU LATOUR 1er Cru Classe 2005
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 2200-2300

Rating: 98+ points

2005 was a very dry, warm and sunny vintage, causing vine stress in some areas of Bordeaux. Harvested from September 26 to October 6, the tannin/IPT levels were very high this year. The 2005 Latour is blended of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. It is the biggest surprise of this tasting—until now, the wine was relatively closed and broody, but today the wine is just starting to reveal its personality—and what a stunner! Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with provocative floral scents of roses and violets over a core of fresh blackcurrants, chocolate-covered cherries and black raspberries with hints of fertile loam, unsmoked cigars and black tea. Medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and packed with muscular fruit, it has an epically long, savory finish sparked by floral notes. 12,000 cases were made.

JOE
0003
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1003
JOE
0002
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1003
JOE
0001
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1002
GAR
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1227
GAR
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1227
GAR
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1227

CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON 2me cru classe 2010
2me cru classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 96+ points

A splendid showing, much stronger from bottle than it was from barrel, the Leoville Barton is one of the spectacular wines of the vintage. Inky purple to the rim, its huge tannin gives this wine real potential for 30-50 years of longevity. It is a classic, powerful Bordeaux made with no compromise. A superstar of the vintage, the wine has notes of pen ink and creme de cassis, good acidity, sweet, subtle oak, and massive extraction and concentration. I thought it was one of the most backward wines of the vintage two years ago, and nothing has changed in the ensuing upbringing of the wine in cask except that the wine now seems even richer, denser and fuller than I previously thought. The beautiful purity, symmetry, and huge finish of nearly a minute make this one of the all-time great classics from Leoville Barton. Anticipated maturity: 2028-2065+.

XSA
0057
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $299
XSA
0056
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $299

CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2me Cru Classe 2006
2me Cru Classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then blind at Farr Vintners horizontal, the 2006 Château Léoville Las-Cases has a very complex bouquet with heady scents of blackcurrant, kirsch, crushed violets, rock salt and just a hint of cassis. It is backward and can barely contain its energy. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very symmetrical and poised, a fine line of acidity interwoven through the black fruit, touches of citrus fruit developing towards the poised and tensile finish. This is a beautiful wine from Jean-Hubert Delon, but it needs several years in bottle. Tasted April 2016.

XDW
1020
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564

CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classe 2010
Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: 98+ points

This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7.

XSA
0040
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $273
XSA
0052
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $273