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LOKOYA Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-820

Rating: 99 points

Usually my favorite in many vintages, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is the most backward of the 2014s and actually seems to require 4-5 years of bottle age. The wine has the telltale signs of Mt. Veeder – blackberry and blueberry fruit infused with considerable floral nuances. This wine has all that, then hits the palate with a cascade of glycerin, fruit extraction, and layers of blackberry and blueberry fruit. It is full-bodied and opulent, but finishes with some structure and ripe tannin. This is a magnificent wine – full-throttle, extremely pure, and incredibly well-balanced. Give it 5-6 years of bottle age and drink it over the following three decades.

XCA
0193
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $719
XCA
0188
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $719

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2010
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

A glorious perfume of sweet charcoal, truffle, black currants and spice box soars from the glass of the saturated purple-colored 2010 Opus One. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a beautifully knit, full-bodied red blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) displaying lots of spicy black currant fruit, medium to full body, velvety tannins, and not a hard edge to be found. The texture, length and richness are all impressive. This estate has been making great Cabernet-based wines for nearly a decade ... and this is another one. Drink it over the next 20+ years.

XSA
0800
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $937
XSA
0799
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $937

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2012
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

The iconic 2012 Proprietary Red Opus One is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec aged 18 months in French oak. A classy, complex, suave and savory 2012 Opus One, with notes of toasty oak and crème de cassis. This Pauillac lookalike, made by the staff at Mouton Rothschild, is a beauty. They have continued to strengthen the quality of wine and seem to have produced a brilliant, world-class wine. I imagine the 2013 may even eclipse this, but this 2012 is one of their great ones, with a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood all present in this beautiful, full-bodied wine that should drink well for 25-30 years.

XSA
0802
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939
XSA
0801
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2013
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 97+ points

The 2013 Opus One, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, is a beauty. Velvety textured, without a had edge to be found, notes of crème de cassis, blueberry, subtle wood and floral notes gently rise from the wine’s dense purple color. Beautifully full-bodied and extraordinarily elegant and pure, this is certainly one of their great achievements over the last 37 years. The wine has an exquisite finish and can be drunk now or cellared for 25-30 years.

XSA
0804
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $936
XSA
0803
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $936

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2014
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 96 points

Blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the Opus One 2014 Proprietary Red Wine sports an inky purple color and nose of crushed black and red currants, black cherries and mulberries with touches of underbrush, sautéed herbs and pencil shavings plus a waft of spice box. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and with an energetic line lifting the red and black fruits, it has a bold frame of grainy tannins and a very long, earth and spice-layered finish.

XSA
0806
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $874
XSA
0805
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $874

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2016
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 98 points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Opus One offers up bold, expressive black and blue fruits: warm black plums, black cherries, blackcurrants and wild blueberries with a beautiful undercurrent of lilacs, roses, fertile loam, underbrush and Indian spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is a tightly coiled spring ready to explode, with fantastic tension and wonderfully ripe, very fine-grained tannins, finishing very long with a mineral lift.

XSA
0807
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $815
XSA
0808
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $815

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
0117
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $807
XFW
0116
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
0410
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0411
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0414
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0415
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0416
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0417
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
EDD
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $269
EDD
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268
EDD
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268
EDD
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268
EDD
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268
EDD
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268

CLONAKILLA Shiraz Viognier 2004
Shiraz Viognier Canberra
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 97 points

Medium garnet in color and still quite youthful on the nose with plenty of black cherry and blackberry preserves aromas, anise and dark chocolate plus a whiff of lavender, the 2004 Shiraz Viognier has tons of sweet fruit in the mouth filled out by plenty of spicy layers and packed into a very pure, elegant package shaped by very fine, medium level tannins. It finishes wonderfully balanced and long. Drink it now to 2020+.

AN
0023
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
AN
0024
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $80

CLONAKILLA Shiraz Viognier 2006
Shiraz Viognier Canberra
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96 points

At 11 years of age, the prodigious 2006 Shiraz-Viognier is hitting its stride. Its medium to full-bodied, with a rich, plush mouthfeel, intricate details of cherry, raspberry and espresso, and a long, mouthwatering finish. I expect well-stored bottles to last at this peak stage for another 6-7 years.

GEN
0356
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $92

CLONAKILLA Shiraz Viognier 2008
Shiraz Viognier Canberra
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

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+.

AN
0402
1 BOTTLE Slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $102
AN
0403
1 BOTTLE Slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $102

GLAETZER AMON Ra unfiltered Shiraz 2014
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 80-85

Rating: 96+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Amon-Ra Shiraz has a youthfully mute nose, offering glimpses at the blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice core, plus suggestions of dark chocolate, cigar boxes, fertile earth and baking spices. The full-bodied palate delivers concentrated, muscular blackberry and earth flavors with plenty of freshness and a beautiful backbone of finely grained tannins, finishing with commendable persistence and layers. This is a great contender for wine of the vintage!

COC
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $58

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet with a hint of purple, the 2005 Hill of Grace offers a wonderful perfume of kirsch, red currant preserves and raspberry coulis with hints of cinnamon stick, cloves and orange peel. Medium to full-bodied, it is very elegant yet intense in the mouth with a lively acid line, medium-firm, very finely grained tannins, and a very long finish. Approachable now and should drink to 2040+.

COC
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $430

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-860

Rating: 98+ points

I briefly thought about just cutting and pasting the review of the 2014 into this space for the 2015 Hill of Grace Shiraz, but on further reflection, there are some differences between them—and isn't that one of the reasons we love wine? Scents of smoked meat and mocha accent notes of black olives and blackberries, joined by subtle notions of resinous herbs, while the full-bodied palate comes across as slightly weightier, richer and more velvety in texture than the 2014. Not as elegant perhaps, but more concentrated and powerful on the long, long finish.

XHO
0250
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $752
XHO
0251
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $751

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-260

Rating: 97 points

The 2005 Mount Edelstone is a 100% Shiraz cuvee sourced from a vineyard planted in 1912. Yields are a meager 0.3 to 0.5 tons of fruit per acre. In combination with a near ideal growing season, this has resulted in a great edition of Mount Edelstone, one of South Australias iconic wines. Purple-colored, the nose gives up notes of mocha, chocolate, smoked meat, pepper, leather, blueberry, and blackberry. Elegant, already complex, layered, and thoroughly satisfying, this superb Shiraz has enough baby fat to be enjoyed now but will amply reward 5-7 years of cellaring. It will drink beautifully through 2025.

XHO
0111
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XHO
0108
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

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.

XHO
0118
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XHO
0119
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XHO
0112
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169

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
0703
1 HALF BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $145
XSA
0705
1 HALF BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $145
XSA
0702
1 HALF BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $146

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 96 points

Never the flashiest or most opulent Shiraz, The Armagh endures as a savory classic. The 2013 Shiraz The Armagh continues in that same vein, with scents of roasted meat, scorched mulberries and hints of vanilla leading the way. Its dense, concentrated and full-bodied, with supple (almost creamy) tannins that conceal much of their power in their ripeness, without the wine ever seeming too ripe, too oaky or too fruity. Those tannins linger and turn to silk on the long finish, picking up lively red berry and orange zest nuances. Good stuff.

XSA
0706
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289
XSA
0707
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289

LANGMEIL The 1843 Freedom Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 97 points

The 1843 Freedom Shiraz is the winery's flagship. The 2006 was sourced from its dry-grown vineyard planted in 1843, aged for 24 months in French oak, 80% new and bottled without fining or filtration. It delivers an exotic, kinky bouquet of pain grille, lavender, black cherry, and wild blueberry. Elegantly styled, sleek, and full-flavored, it has an extra dimension of complexity that only old vines can yield. This pleasure-bent Shiraz conceals enough ripe tannin for another 6-8 years of development and should be in its prime from 2015 to 2030.

COC
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $89
COC
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $89

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.

ACC
7467
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0710
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0712
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0713
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0714
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0715
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0711
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

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+.

WHI
0041
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $626

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.

KEN
0484
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $506
KEN
0485
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $506
KEN
0486
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $506
KEN
0487
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $506
131
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
131
0034
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

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+.

PAU
0071
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $340
131
0037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
131
0038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2002
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 98 points

Last but not least is Australias most famous wine, the 2002 Shiraz “Grange”. The 2002 version was sourced from 77.5% Barossa Valley and 22.5% from McLaren Vale. Included in the blend is 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 17 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple, it gives off an ethereal bouquet of violets, saddle leather, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, and chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making!

PAU
0070
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
131
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
131
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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.

PAU
0066
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $380
PAU
0067
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $380
131
0041
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $481
131
0042
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2005
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

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+.

PAU
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
PAU
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
PAU
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
PAU
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
PAU
0065
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-800

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+.

194
0039
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $420
PAU
0059
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $500

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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.

194
0041
1 BOTTLE Slight capsule damageCurrent Bid: $440
PAU
0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $610

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2009
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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+.

DEH
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
DEH
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

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.

GNE
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $518
DEH
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

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!

WIL
0059
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
WIL
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

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.

SCO
0037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $461
DEH
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2015
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 98+ points

The nose of the 2015 Grange features the wine's characteristic lifted aromas, joined by pronounced American oak influence and bold blackberry fruit, plus hints of red meat, raspberries, asphalt and vanilla. It's dense and concentrated on the palate, full-bodied yet balanced and firm, with a rich, velvety texture and long, plush finish. Dont expect great complexity at this stage-it's much too young to show much more than the primary fruit and oak elements-but this is a Grange that should easily go three or four decades.

It's always a treat to sit with Chief Winemaker Peter Gago and taste through the latest releases from Penfolds. Despite losing one of his suitcases (thankfully, not the one with the newly bottled 2019 Bin 51 Riesling), he was in good humor, having just gone on a Manhattan clothes-shopping spree. The bulk of this year's wines come from the challenging 2017 vintage, but with the wide net Penfolds casts to source fruit, the winery seems capable of maintaining a remarkable degree of consistency. There are always a few wines from years on either side as well. Standouts this year include the dense, age-worthy 2016 St Henri Shiraz. This is a wine that never sees new, small-format oak, as it is aged in large oak vats. The 2017 RWT Shiraz (all Barossa Valley, all French oak) is a perennial favorite of mine, and it is reassuringly excellent. These wines differ stylistically from one another and from the flagship Grange, which is aged in new American oak hogsheads. This year's Grange release is the 2015, another strong effort. The biggest splash among this year's lineup is the debut of a new $1,700 Shiraz. The 2016 Bin 111A Shiraz is a blend of Clare Valley and Barossa Valley fruit previously ticketed for Grange, aged 18 months in new French hogsheads. It would be easy to dismiss it as another cynical marketing ploy, but it's yet another unique expression of Shiraz and the quality lives up to the lofty price tag. For the one-percenters lucky enough to snare a bottle or two, it'll provide immense pleasure for decades to come.

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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.

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1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2018, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1832
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0090
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2014, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1057
PHI
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1 BOTTLE Mid shoulderCurrent Bid: $720

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1976
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2500-2600

Rating: 100 points

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

PHI
0005
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulder, signs of past leaking, corroded capsuleCurrent Bid: $655

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1982
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1600-1700

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.

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1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 1993 & 2004, re-labelled 1993Current Bid: $1040
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1 BOTTLE Mid shoulderCurrent Bid: $480

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

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.

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0031
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $703

TEUSNER Righteous FG Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 130-135

Rating: 96+ points

Deep purple-black in color, the youthful, still very primary 2012 Righteous Fg Shiraz sports tons of blackcurrants and blackberry notes with cedar still poking through on the nose plus dark chocolate, anise, cloves and nutmeg accents. Big, full, concentrated and muscular in the mouth, the dense fruit is still very tightly would yet it's held together by firm, ripe, fine-grained tannins and plenty of freshness. Finishing with excellent length, this is one for the cellar.

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0436
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105
XFW
0438
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105
XFW
0448
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105
XFW
0449
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105
XFW
0450
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2017
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 96 points

Consistently one of my favorites in the Torbreck lineup, this year's version, the 2017 Descendant, was co-fermented with 8% Viognier and spent 18 months in barrel. It's full-bodied, rich and decadent, delivering what Torbreck lovers expect in its dark-fruited layers of opulence. Suffused with hints of Mexican chocolate, it finishes long and softly dusty.

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0245
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98
XTO
0244
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98
XTO
0243
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2015
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

Rating: 98 points

Pale to medium garnet-purple, the 2015 Les Amis has a disarmingly gorgeous nose of red cherry tart, dried rose petals, cinnamon stick and white pepper with hints of hoisin and forest floor. Full-bodied, soft, curvaceous and generously endowed in the mouth, this buxom beauty is a hedonist’s dream, finishing with a spicy kick that keeps you coming back for more.

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0178
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157
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0177
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157
XTO
0164
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2014
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Run Rig opens with a bang, delivering intense fruits of the forest and blackberry preserve notes with hints of sandalwood, cardamom, dried Provence herbs, Indian spices and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and oh, so satisfying, the beauty ticks all the great Barossa Shiraz boxes and then some. It is still relatively primary, so Id recommend giving it another 2-3 years at least in bottle and drink it over the next 20+.

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0075
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
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0082
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0062
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
433
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168
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0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 98 points

Who wouldve thought that in the context of Barossa Shiraz, the 2015 RunRig would seem like a relative bargain? Its certainly much less expensive than Grange or Hill of Grace will be when theyre released. Its also more approachable in its youth, with enormously appealing aromas of grilled fruit, savory complexities and rich, velvety tannins. Of course, its full-bodied and concentrated, with the stuffing to age for up to a couple of decades, and it has a long, licorice-tinged finish. Winemaker Ian Hongell, who joined Torbreck from Peter Lehmann, may not have made this wine, but he deserves a lot of credit for the blending and finishing of this tour de force.

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0135
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
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0085
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0086
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214

TORBRECK The Laird Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97 points

Torbreck's 2015 The Laird boasts explosive aromas of Christmas spices, ripe plums, vanilla, hickory smoke and maple syrup. It's a big wine, loaded with fruit and oak, full-bodied, rich and velvety, adding hints of toasted coconut and cinnamon streusel on the long, almost dessert-like finish. For a more savory experience, age it a decade or so before pulling a cork.

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0247
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $624
XTO
0246
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $624

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 2001
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 98 points

Produced from yields of 1.2 tons of fruit per acre, the 2001 Shiraz Octavius spent 20 months in both French and American oak. A blockbuster, structured Shiraz with oodles of personality/soul, it offers a sumptuous bouquet as well as flavors of chocolate, white flowers, blackberry and cassis liqueur, prunes, figs, roasted meats, and burning embers. This full-bodied, hugely extracted, monster Shiraz has amazing balance and symmetry for its large-scaled style. It needs another 1-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-20 years, based on the longevity of some earlier examples. For instance, a gorgeous 1994 Octavius, drunk in 2004, had a decade of life remaining. A 1966 Shiraz/Cabernet The Signature tasted next to it, was still in spectacular shape.

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0379
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
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0380
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
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0381
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
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0382
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
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0383
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
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0384
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72

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
0081
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
0080
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94

MARCHESE ANTINORI Solaia 2016
Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 640-650

Rating: 100 points

I fussed over scoring this wine more than I'd like to admit—tasting through three samples under different conditions at various intervals and testing my impressions blind against wines in its peer group. Most importantly, I tasted this 2016 vintage against the 2015 vintage over and over again. I confess to a few nights of restless sleep as a result. Ultimately, my decision to award 100 points to the 2016 Solaia came on impulse and with the most natural sense of purpose. I had also given the 2015 vintage a perfect score, and intellectually, it seemed impossible not to pick a favorite among these two stunning expressions. I will also state, outright, that the wines are very different, principally because the 2015 vintage shows more overall opulence and sweetness that extends to the pronounced textural richness of the mouthfeel. The 2016 vintage, on the other hand, is more chiseled and sharp with mineral shadings of campfire ash and graphite at the rim of its dark fruit. The mouthfeel is more streamlined and tight at its core, suggesting that the wine will unfold and soften beautifully with time. I feel like 2015 is the Dolce & Gabbana of the situation and the 2016 is the Armani Privé. The personalities of the two wines are distinct, yet my admiration for each is identical.

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0000
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $584
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0005
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $584

MASTROJANNI Schiena d'Asino 2010
Brunello di Montalcino
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 97 points

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d'Asino is a gorgeous wine and one that I highly recommend if you are a Brunello fanatic like me. The purity of the fruit is stunning and the wine underlines the qualities that make Sangiovese among the most noble of all Italian grapes. It offers crystalline intensity with forthcoming aromas of bright cherry, balsam herb, anise seed, pressed violets and spice. This ensemble is balanced and nuanced. It shows amazing depth and complexity. Fruit for the wine is sourced from a single vineyard that runs across the crest of a hill. The name Schiena d'Asino ("the donkey's back") evokes this unique geography. Mastrojanni last made a Riserva in 1998 and the wine (released six years after the harvest) has carried the name of its vineyard designation ever since.

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0488
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $260
XCL
0487
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $260

TUA RITA Redigaffi Merlot 2016
Merlot Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 480-500

Rating: 98 points

Wow. This is a beautiful year for Tua Rita's legendary Merlot. The grapes were harvested early, between September 4th and the 6th, and spent 21 months in barrique. This wine is a perennial overachiever, and the 2016 Redigaffi is no exception. It has a remarkable persistence to the bouquet, along with tonic crispness and a velvety mouthfeel. It's a complete and beautifully structured expression, most notable for its freshness and softness. This Redigaffi is still a bit closed, which leads me to think it is going to be a stunner when you finally retrieve it from your cellar in 5-10 years from now.

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0897
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $437
XSA
0898
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $437
XSA
0896
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $437

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 1997
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 96 points

A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997's light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055.

Note: Yquem spends 42 months in 100% new oak. No cask tasting is permitted, and the wine is not released until 5 years after the vintage. For example, the 1998 will be released some time in 2003; the 2001 will not be released until 2006.

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0309
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $739

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
0484
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $579

DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE La Crau Rouge 2016
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 96 points

Undoubtedly one of the top vintages of this wine, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau features classy notes of crushed stones and black tea to go along with ripe raspberries and black cherries. Full-bodied yet silky, there's more power and richness in La Crau than in Piedlong, yet there's commensurate elegance and finesse. The wine grows in intensity on the finish without ever seeming heavy or overripe, instead offering hints of tea and licorice.

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0916
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $129
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0915
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $129

DOMAINE RENE ROSTAING La Landonne 2016
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 540-550

Rating: 97 points

Subtle notes of baking spices frame hints of tea, olives and raspberries on the nose of the 2016 Cote Rotie la Landonne. A paragon of elegance, it's medium to full-bodied, but silky from start to lingering finish. It's a wine that's pretty much guaranteed to make even the steeliest curmudgeon smile, as it's so bright, ephemeral and luscious. It's not the rich, ripe wine the 2015 is, but it's suave, complex and long.

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0881
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491

E. GUIGAL Vignes de L'Hospice 2015
Saint Joseph
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

Rating: 96 points

The most impressive vintage of this wine I can recall tasting, the 2015 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice is an awesome Saint-Joseph. Visitors to the region can easily spot the steep vineyard just above the town of Tournon when looking across the Rhône from Tain l'Hermitage. Aged in 100% new oak, the wine still shows hints of cedar and vanilla on the nose but also notes of crushed stone and black cherries. It's full-bodied but kept in check by a touch of granite-like austerity that gives the palate shape and length, while the firm tannins glide away in a silky wash on the finish. Almost approachable now, I suspect it will drink well through at least 2035.

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0672
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $139
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0671
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $139
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0669
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $139

JL CHAVE 2011
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 96+ points

Tasted from bottle, the 2011 Hermitage sports a ruby/purple color to go with an awesome bouquet of sweet cassis, dried flowers, spice-box, ground pepper and crushed stone. One of the more serious, focused and structured 2011s, it has fabulous concentration, sweet tannin and a seamless texture. Give it 5-6 years and enjoy bottles over the following 2 decades or more.

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0170
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $634
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0169
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $634

JL CHAVE 2012
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 96 points

One of the more charming and forward efforts from Chave, the 2012 Hermitage sports a mostly opaque purple color to go with classic creme de cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with notions of lead pencil shavings, violets and powdered rocks. Deep, full-bodied and sumptuously textured, with good freshness, this pure, elegant Hermitage shows more and more definition and cut with time in the glass, but never loses it's more fruit forward, charming profile. I suspect it will drink nicely for most of its life.

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0171
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614
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0172
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614

JL CHAVE 2013
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: (94 - 97) points

Still in barrel at the time of this tasting, the 2013 Hermitage will certainly be one of the wines of the vintage. Offering classic, granite-induced notes of smoked dark fruits, graphite, searing minerality and bouquet garni, this sensational Hermitage has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate density and building tannin, all with the freshness and purity of the vintage. Reminiscent of a more backwards, tight, focused and granite-driven year (I asked Jean-Louis if there was a similar vintage he could recall, he commented that he couldn't think of one), it has solid ripeness in its aromas and flavors, good sweetness in its tannin, and a great finish. I suspect it will need 7-8 years of cellaring and keep for 20-25 years or more.

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0174
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614

JL CHAVE 2014
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: (94 - 96) points

Looking at the 2014 reds, the 2014 Hermitage is resting as a final blend and is scheduled to be bottled early next year. It has a serious floral character as well as the classic minerality imparted from the Bessards lieu-dit (which makes up the bulk of the cuvée), gorgeous depth of fruit, medium to full-bodied richness and fine, polished tannin. Like most 2014s, it will be approachable at an early age, but this beauty has class and will evolve gracefully.

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0176
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $724
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0180
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $724

CHATEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) 2009
1er Grand Cru Classe (A) Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 2700-2800

Rating: 98+ points

A masterpiece in the making, proprietor Alain Vauthiers 2009 Ausone boasts a dense purple color along with notes of powdered chalk, crushed rocks and wild blue, red and black fruits. Extravagantly rich with great minerality, precision and freshness as well as a voluptuous texture (unusual for a baby Ausone), this is an extraordinary wine. Sadly, there are fewer than 1,200 cases ... for the world. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060+

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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $2489

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.

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0037
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1349

CHATEAU FIGEAC 1er Grand Cru Classe 2016
1er Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 97+ points

The 2016 Figeac is comprised of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is a little broody and reticent at this very youthful stage, slowly unfolding to reveal profound plum preserves, crème de cassis, black raspberries and star anise with hints of moss-covered bark, truffles and tilled loam plus a waft of red currants and raspberry leaves sparks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is practically quivering with energy, offering glimpses at tightly wound black fruit and mineral/ferrous layers, framed by very firm, ripe tannins and wonderful tension, finishing long with the spices coming through. This will need a good 7-8 years to come round and then should cellar for 40+ years. Very serious, beautifully poised and sophisticated personality this vintage.

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0147
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $469
XNE
0149
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $469

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2006
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château 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.

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0151
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1159

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2015
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1400

Rating: 100 points

A blend of 50% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Haut-Brion is reticent to begin, languidly revealing crushed black cherries, ripe black plums and wild blueberries with sparks of cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, espresso, unsmoked cigars, tapenade, crushed rocks and lavender. The full-bodied palate possesses wonderfully complementary contrasts of bold black and blue fruit richness and delicately nuanced cherry fruit, baking spices and floral accents, strutting ripe, finely pixelated tannins and seamless acidity that is placed firmly in the background, finishing very long and with plenty of attitude. This impeccably poised, exquisitely perfumed 2015 Haut-Brion possesses the most alluring yet seemingly effortless beauty. While it bears only a passing resemblance in its opulent personality to the now legendary 1989, like that vintage the 2015 cannot fail to hedonically satiate and intellectually edify all lovers of great Bordeaux who drink it. What’s more, it also has the blue-blooded tenaciousness to remain this jaw-droppingly impressive, throughout its many guises over time, and for a very, very long time.

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0166
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1149
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0152
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1149

CHATEAU L'EVANGILE 2016
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

The 2016 L'Evangile is made from 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. It has a deep garnet-purple color and opens with notions of plum preserves, Black Forest cake, red cherry compote and black raspberries with touches of menthol, chocolate box, licorice and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features fantastically ripe, velvety tannins and beautiful freshness, lifting the generous, brightly fruited mid-palate and giving bags of energy to the very long-lingering, minerally finish.

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0146
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $524
XNE
0143
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $524

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.

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0202
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
0142
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0143
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541

CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classe 2015
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1600

Rating: 96+ points

The deep garnet-purple shaded 2015 Lafite Rothschild is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot and was matured for 20 months in new oak barrels from Tonnellerie des Domaines (their own cooperage). It is still sporting a lot of cedar at this nascent stage with a vibrant core of black raspberries, red currants and crushed plums plus touches of cigar boxes, violets and underbrush with a waft of tilled loam. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled with wonderful freshness and depth, it is compellingly earthy/minerally in the mouth with a frame of seductively silky yet very firm tannins and culminating in a very long, racy and pure finish. Boasting spectacular finesse and packed with nuances, clearly, given some of the challenges here in 2015, this is a masterpiece of diligence in the vineyards, careful selection and very clever crafting?bravo!

XSA
0733
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1349
XSA
0732
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1349

CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classe 2016
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 1650-1700

Rating: 99 points

The 2016 Lafite Rothschild is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot, with 15% of the press wine contributing to the blend this year. Deep purple-black in color, it slowly reveals the most gorgeous perfume of kirsch, lilacs, black raspberries and warm blackcurrants with underlying nuances of cigar box, rose hip tea, cloves, licorice and pencil lead plus a waft of garrigue. Medium-bodied and built like a brick house with a firm yet beautifully ripe, finely pixelated tannic backbone and seamless freshness supporting the amazing intensity of black fruits and floral layers, it finishes very long and provocatively perfumed.

XSA
0735
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1409
XSA
0737
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1409
XSA
0734
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1409

CHATEAU LAFLEUR 2008
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

Rating: 96 points

Tasted with Baptiste Guinaudeau, the 2008 Lafleur is a wine for which I have a lot of time, and as it approaches a decade old, it is beginning to loosen up a little. There is plenty of fruit on the nose—more than I have encountered on previous bottles, with a mixture of red and black fruit—and a hint of bell pepper and sage. The main difference is that those previously rigid tannin have loosened their collar in recent months; therefore, this Lafleur is now entertaining the notion of drinkability. There remains a linearity to this Lafleur—and there is still that backbone—yet it seems to flow nicely across the mouth, and there is superb mineralité on the finish. It's probably destined to be overshadowed by the succeeding two vintages, but I suggest you do not overlook the 2008 Lafleur.

XNE
0192
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1049
XNE
0193
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1049

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.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1110
GAR
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1110
GAR
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1110

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
0758
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $298
XSA
0759
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $298

CHATEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classe 1982
1er Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2300

Rating: 97 points

The 1982 Chateau Margaux is a wine that I have tasted many times, constantly contrasted against the 1983 to see which is better. Frankly I found that it depends on the bottle, although maybe the 1983 edges it. But it is important to assess the 1982 on its own individual merits because it is a superb First Growth. This was a great bottle: fragrant and beautifully defined on the nose that on this occasion offered a more conspicuous graphite scent, which lent it a Pauillac-like personality. Allowing the wine to open and aerate, the traits one associates with the property emerge—wilted violets and rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and mineral-laden, that suggestion of candied orange peel on the entry segueing into layers of pure red and black fruit. There is always something effortless about this Chateau Margaux and the pixelation on the finish is up there with the very best. Is it the best 1982 First Growth? No, it's not quite up there with 1982 Latour or Mouton-Rothschild, however, it is a sublime evocation of the vineyard and it will continue to give pleasure for a couple of decades yet.

MCC
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1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, cellar damaged label, corroded capsuleCurrent Bid: $1100

CHATEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classe 1986
1er Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

Rating: 97 points

The 1986 Chateau Margaux is one of the dark horses of the vintage. It has an exquisite bouquet that is now fully mature, with a mixture of red and black fruit, violets, pastilles and hints of cold stone. It blossoms in the glass, gaining intensity all the time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a more robust Margaux as you would expect given the vintage, clearly with firm backbone, more straight-laced than the 1985 or 1989. Yet there is wonderful delineation and focus here. If you seek strictness and classicism in a wine, then this is the place to come, plus there is superb mineralité and tension on the ferrous finish. Perhaps a little overlooked in recent years, the 1986 Margaux comes highly recommended for those who love the property. This is a wine finally coming of age. Tasted July 2016.

MCC
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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $860
MCC
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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $825

CHATEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classe 2016
1er Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 3000-3200

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Ch?teau Margaux (blended of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot) sashays out of the glass with glamorous red currants, candied violets, kirsch and crushed blackcurrants scents followed by notions of tilled black soil, forest floor, cast iron pan and cigar box with subtle wafts of lavender and oolong tea. Medium-bodied, mineral laced accents hover over the palate with an ethereal sensation of weightlessness, yet it is super intense with layers of red and black flavors supported by a firm texture of silt-fine tannins, finishing wonderfully fragrant and incredibly long.

XSA
0760
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $2499
XSA
0761
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $2499

CHATEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classe 1982
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 3800-4000

Rating: 100 points

This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The creme de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+ Release price: ($350.00/case)

RPO
0077
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1600

CHATEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classe 2000
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 1900-2000

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet colored with a touch of brick, the 2000 Mouton Rothschild (composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot) boldly bursts from the glass with tantalizing Black Forest cake, dried mulberries, kirsch and blackcurrant pastilles notes plus wafts of iodine, incense, potpourri and cinnamon stick with a hint of cigar boxes. Medium to full-bodied, the palate packs in the muscular fruit, framed by firm, ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with phenomenal length. This is an incredibly complex and multifaceted wine, and it's drinking deliciously now. This said, I can’t help but feel that it is holding something back, that it still has another layer of opulence and seduction to reveal in its tight-knit fruit and solid structure. I personally can’t wait to see how this beauty will continue to unfold over the years to come.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1062
JAM
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1062

CHATEAU PAVIE 1er Grand Cru Classe 2015
1er Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 98 points

In 2015, the blend is 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the wine was matured 80% in new French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pavie is still sporting a bit of its oak to begin, giving way to a glorious nose of crushed black cherries, blackberries and mulberries plus hints of dried roses, stewed tea, unsmoked cigars and garrigue. The rich, concentrated, full-bodied palate delivers an incredible structure of very firm, very ripe tannins and a racy line of freshness cutting through the dense layers of perfumed black fruits and savory notions, finishing with epic length.

XNE
0209
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XNE
0210
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749

CHATEAU PONTET CANET 5me Cru Classe 2015
5me Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 96+ points

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 50% of the 2015 Pontet-Canet was aged in new French oak, while 15% was matured in second fill barrels and 35% in cement amphorae. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with exuberant black currants, red currants and black raspberries scents plus an evocative undercurrent of cedar chest, dusty earth, cloves, chocolate box and Provence herbs with a fragrant waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house with very firm, wonderfully grainy tannins and black and red fruits charged with the most singular energy, it finishes with incredible persistence and depth.

XSA
0878
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $259
XSA
0877
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $259