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GLAETZER AMON Ra unfiltered Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-110

Rating: 97 points

Deep purple-black in color, the 2010 Amon-Ra is very closed on the nose showing pure black fruits, chocolate and licorice with just a touch of loam. Full-bodied and densely packed, the voluptuous palate is framed by firm, fine tannins and a crisp acid line. It has a long, well-balanced finish. Drink it from 2014-2026+.

SPI
0198
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
SPI
0199
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1990
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

Medium brick in color, the 1990 Hill of Grace has a very pretty core of cherry cordial, violets, dried roses, cinnamon stick, anise and a whiff of pepper. Medium-bodied, it has great generosity in the mouth balanced by a nice acid line and a medium level of velvety tannins through the long finish. This one still has loads of life and should easily drink through 2025+.

ADS
0347
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $539

NOON WINERY Eclipse Grenache Shiraz 2004
Grenache Shiraz McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 40-50

Rating: 97 points

A Grenache and Shiraz blend, the medium garnet colored 2004 Eclipse presents a lovely Grenache perfume of raspberry preserves, dried cherries, licorice, pepper and some chocolate. Full-bodied, rich and seductive, it still has tons of concentrated fruit married to a medium level of grainy tannins and a long finish. Drink it now to 2024+.

CES
0061
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $29
CES
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $29
CES
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $29
CES
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $29
CES
0065
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $29
CES
0066
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $29

NOON WINERY Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 80-90

Rating: 96 points

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (400 cases) is a 100% Cabernet from 30-year-old vines that spent 18 months in both small and large oak barrels. It exhibits a striking bouquet of graphite, creme de cassis, new saddle leather, Chinese black tea, and vanilla. The complex aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine of compelling purity and nobleness with layers of concentration as well as intensity. One of the most prodigious Australian Cabernet Sauvignons ever made, it should hit its prime in 3-5 years, and last for two decades or more.

THE
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46
THE
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46
THE
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46
CES
0059
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $50
CES
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $50

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 1999
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 75-85

Rating: 96 points

The hugely extracted, massive 1999 Shiraz Reserve tips the scales at 15.2% alcohol. From Shiraz vines that average 35-40 years of age, it was aged in a combination of small and large oak barrels as well as puncheons. There are 580 cases of this behemoth. An opaque blue/purple color and a knockout nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with spice box, pepper, asphalt, and licorice soar from the glass. Opulent and viscous, with tremendous palate presence, beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol, this superb, larger-than-life wine is a tour de force for a lighter weight vintage such as 1999. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.

THE
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $52
THE
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $52
THE
0021
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $52

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2000
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 70-80

Rating: 96 points

The blockbuster 2000 Shiraz Reserve was aged in small barriques, foudres, and demi-muids. It boasts an inky black color as well as a fabulous bouquet of acacia flowers intermixed with blackberry and cassis liqueur, creosote, and camphor. Exceptionally long and layered, this opulent, voluptuous, pure Shiraz is a thrill to drink. The tannin, acidity, and alcohol (14.9%) are seamlessly integrated in this modern-day classic. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. This is one of the great wines of South Australia!

THE
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $53
THE
0017
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $53
THE
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $53

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 98 points

Deep garnet with a bit of lingering purple, the 2004 Reserve Shiraz opens with some earthy meatiness to begin which gives way to plenty of fruit, still a bit primary, along with violets, menthol, licorice and chocolate notes. Full-bodied, rich, opulent, it has tons of youthful fruit in the mouth complemented by savory and spicy layers and structured by medium-firm, rounded tannins and vibrant acid. It finishes long. Drink it now to 2025+.

CES
0048
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
CES
0049
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
CES
0050
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
CES
0051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
CES
0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
CES
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 99 points

The 2005 Shiraz Reserve was sourced from a 45-year-old vineyard and aged for 18 months in American and French oak of various sizes. A saturated purple color, it presents an array of otherworldly scents including smoke, mineral, meat, game, bacon, and blueberry. Thick, rich, and voluptuous, this mouth-filling, full-bodied Shiraz is about as hedonistic as it gets. Although the wine is seamless, there is some tannin lurking under all the fruit which will permit 8-10 years of cellaring for those able to delay gratification. The finish is amazingly long and pure, seeming to never end. As usual, the Noon wines are benchmarks against which all others must be compared.

CES
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $85
CES
0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
CES
0058
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 60-70

Rating: 96 points

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Reserve Shiraz reveals intense notes of crushed blackberries and black cherries with underlying wild blueberry, aniseed, chocolate box and Szechuan pepper hints. With a wonderful vibrancy to the fruit in the full-bodied and concentrated mouth, it displays a harmonious interplay of firm, rounded tannins and well-balanced acidity before finishing long. Drink it now to 2024+.

625
0065
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $45

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 2400-2500

Rating: 97 points

Itís 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, Iíve 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 canít 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+.

STE
0039
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1762

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

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.

POP
0489
1 BOTTLE Stained labelCurrent Bid: $525
POP
0495
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $485

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 98+ points

It is always a treat to taste Australiaís most famous wine, Penfoldsí 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+.

PHO
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $466
PHO
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $466
PHO
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $466
PHO
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $466
POP
0330
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400
POP
0331
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400
POP
0332
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $397

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

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; I'd 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.

KEN
0016
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $700
SPI
0230
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $461

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1350

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, itís 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+.

KEN
0017
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $881

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1600-1700

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 doesn't 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.

STE
0046
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0047
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0048
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0049
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0050
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0051
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
KEN
0130
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
KEN
0131
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $610

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

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.

PHO
0034
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $567
PHO
0035
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $601
STE
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1976
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1400

Rating: 100 points

Production: 9,380 cases Blend: 89% Shiraz/11% Cabernet Sauvignon

TIM
0001
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 1996, label damage & very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $730

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

Rating: 97 points

The 1981 stood out as slightly superior. Winemaker John Duval always felt this was a tannic style of Grange, but the wine has shed its tannins, and this is one of the few vintages where the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon was above 10%. Sweet notes of creme de cassis, cedarwood, charcoal, and barbecue spices are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine displaying heady amounts of alcohol, glycerin, and density in its full-bodied, skyscraper-like texture. I was drinking this wine with great pleasure in the mid-nineties, yet here it is nearly 15 years later, and the wine does not appear to have budged much from its evolutionary state. This is a testament to how remarkably well these wines hold up, and age at such a glacial pace.

APG
0021
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight capsule damage, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $361

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

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 itís hard to believe how certain wine geeks will subscribe to the aging ability of the Grange, but donít believe the same is true for other old vine Shiraz wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale. It just doesnít 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.

JMS
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $588
JMS
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $564
JMS
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $564
JMS
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $564
JMS
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $564
JMS
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $564
APG
0025
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $520

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2001
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 99 points

The youngest Run Rig, the 2001, should equal the 1998 as it is almost a clone aromatically, texturally, and flavor-wise, just much younger. This opaque purple-colored beauty should flirt with perfection over the next 10-15 years.

ACC
1366
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $179
ACC
1367
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $178
ACC
1368
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $179

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

Rating: 96 points

The flagship 2006 Run Rig is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier. A saturated purple color, it sends up a complex bouquet of cigar box, Asian spices, incense, bacon, plum, and blueberry. On the palate it admirably combines power and elegance. Layers of succulent fruit are nicely complemented by the wineís generous framework. Another 4-6 years of cellaring should fill it out with style.

SPI
0148
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121
SPI
0149
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 190-200

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 RunRig opens with wonderful perfume, and though this label usually contains a splash of Viognier, which could account for the fragrant nose, it has none this vintage. Redolent of violets and blueberries it is very spicy with an undercurrent of anise and Indian spices muddled with mulberries. Taut and elegant on the palate, it gives plenty of concentrated fruit flavor with crisp acid and firm, fine tannins. It finishes long. Drink it from 2016 to 2030+.

SPI
0150
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
SPI
0151
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 100 points

Deep garnet-black with a hint of purple to the color, the 2010 RunRig taunts at first with a slightly closed nose before it engages with subtle kirsch, preserved plum, dried mulberry and Christmas cake notes intermingled with hints of violets, cinnamon stick, mocha and game. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly concentrated, the palate astonishes with incredible poise for such a big style as it perfectly balances the wineís generous fruit flavors with firm, velvety tannins and seamlessly vibrant, lively acid. It finishes with incredible persistence. Delicious now, it should drink best 2016 to 2028+.

SPI
0152
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $149

TORBRECK The Factor Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 97 points

The 2005 The Factor is 100% Shiraz sourced from dry grown vines from six sub-regions of Barossa. It spent 24 months in 30% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an expressive bouquet of pepper, smoke, espresso roast, blackberry, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied and voluptuous on the palate, nuances of saddle leather and mineral emerge to complement the layers of spicy blue and black fruits. The wine is beautifully integrated with enough well-concealed tannin to keep this wine evolving for a decade. The pure finish lingers for 60+ seconds to complete the experience of a totally hedonistic turn-on.

ACC
1278
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $189

TORBRECK The Factor Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 130-140

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+.

ACC
1474
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $118
ACC
1475
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $118
ACC
1476
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $118
ACC
1477
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $118
ACC
1478
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $118
ACC
1479
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $118

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 1996
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

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 worldís luxury hotels and restaurants.

DEW
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $281

GAJA Sori Tildin Nebbiolo 2008
Nebbiolo Langhe
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 96 points

The 2008 Sori Tildin is impressive. I confess I wasnít quite prepared for the assault of fruit and tannins here. Sori Tildin is so often a graceful, elegant wine, but that is not the case in 2008. Thatís not to say elegance is missing, but this is a big, big wine with tons of intensity and richness, all woven together beautifully. Itís tough to find a comparison with a previous vintage, as this is a singular Tildin. The flavors are familiar if a touch on the dark side, but the structure is closer than that of Sori San Lorenzo. Flowers, tar, leather and licorice wrap around the palate. This is a fabulous showing and a great wine in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033.

XNE
1609
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354
XNE
1610
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354
XNE
1611
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354
XNE
1612
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354
XNE
1613
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354
XNE
1614
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2001
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1200

Rating: 100 points

You may ask: what is the point? Another perfect score for the 2001 d'Yquem. Oh well, why not? This bottle, served blind, reinforced the sheer unadulterated brilliance of this legendary Sauternes now at 15 years old. Doesn't time fly. It seems to be aging at a glacial pace, hardly changed since I last tasted it. The nose is like the throbbing engine of an Aston Martin Vantage, ready to go. It is so packed with intensity, perhaps a little more resinous than I recall, but with almost crystalline delineation. The palate is perfectly balanced and laden with botrytis, not as unctuous or as rich as say, the 2009 d'Yquem, yet with heavenly focus and a crescendo of flavors that take your breath away: acacia honey, yellow plum, white peach and orange sorbet. The startling things is ... this is just the opening act. Tasted September 2016.

GRA
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $734

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2007
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 98 points

Tasted single blind against its peers. Under blind conditions, the Yquem 2007 shines like a diamond. Nevertheless, it is initially rather taciturn on the nose, eventually opening up beautifully with touches of lemon curd, Mirabelle, and clear honey. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine definition and there seems to be a great deal of energy and vigor dispensed for your pleasure. There is such race and nervosity, and then that finish just purrs with harmony and focus. This Yquem feels just so alive and vivacious, yet there is an effortless quality here that is unmatched by its peers. Tasted January 2011.

XNE
1576
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
1577
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
1578
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
1574
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
1575
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
1573
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2006
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

Rating: 97 points

One of the wines of the vintage is unquestionably the 2006 Hermitage les Bessards, which comes from one of the greatest terroirs for Syrah in the world. Still youthful and vibrant, with those classic graphite and crushed rock characteristics that define this cuvee, as well as loads of black fruits, toasted spice and dried flowers, this beauty is full-bodied, uber-concentrated and gorgeously pure. Itís still 4-5 years away from full maturity, and is going to keep for 2-3 decades.

ACC
2404
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
2405
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
2406
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
2407
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
2408
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
2409
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2012
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-400

Rating: 97 points

The star of the show is the 2012 Hermitage Les Bessards. Coming from the pure granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit, on the western edge of the appellation, itís made from 100% Syrah and spent 16 months in 70% new French oak. Itís an incredible wine that offers classic powdered rock-like minerality, loads of crŤme de cassis and black raspberry fruit, smoked meats, spice and dried-flower nuances. Complex, pure and perfumed, itís full-bodied and seamless on the palate, with fabulous density, ultra-fine tannin structure and impeccable overall balance. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar and drink it over the following two decades.

ACC
2826
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234
ACC
2827
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234
ACC
2828
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234
ACC
2829
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234
ACC
2830
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234
ACC
2831
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2006
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Ch‚teau Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious bouquet than the comparatively reserved La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary, kirsch and red plum scents, hints of leather and sage tucked just underneath. This is a bouquet determined to make an impression! The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, a gentle build to a concentrated, earthy, truffle-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This seems to have the upper-hand over the La Mission and probably has a longer future. A thoroughbred from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team. Tasted January 2016.

XNE
1495
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1496
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1497
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1498
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1499
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1500
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908