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BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2013
Malbec Mendoza
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96 points

There are three separate bottling from the Adrianna vineyard, one of them the 2013 Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae, sourced from the part of the vineyard with slightly deeper soils (we're talking only about 70 centimeters here!) that has limestone underneath, is flatter and provides very aromatic, slightly lighter wines, more feminine if you like. It's very floral, gentle, with fine tannins with a good structure based on a combination with superb acidity. This is also lighter colored, the more Pinot of the three. Some 3,000 bottles were filled in December 2015.

XSA
1044
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
1045
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
1046
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117

BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2014
Malbec Mendoza
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96 points

The 2014 Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae is from slightly deeper soils of the Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary at 1,340 meters in altitude, and it is the "less" expensive of the three Adrianna bottlings. All of these wines ferment in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels and are aged in French barrels for 24 months. This is the one with more exuberant and floral aromas, open and showy within the austere style of the vineyard and the year. This is also the more open of the three. The palate reveals a silky texture with very fine tannins and great freshness. 6,000 bottles produced. it was bottled in July 2016.

XSA
1041
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
1040
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
1032
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117

BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2013
Malbec Mendoza
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

Rating: 98 points

There are three separate bottlings from the Adrianna vineyard, one of them the 2013 Adrianna Vineyard River Stones, sourced from the stonier part, close to the dry river, the equivalent to the White Stones white, with a north-facing exposure, the warmer exposure, which in cooler years like 2013 works nicely. This has the combination of power and elegance, of flowers and fruit, minerality and spice, precise, focused, harmonious, all about finesse. This seems to be the one that worked better with the cool year. 2,000 bottles produced. I was shown some 20+ wines blind while visiting the Catena Institute and I could immediately find this wine even if I had only tasted it a couple of times before. Such is the strong personality of this wine...

XSA
1025
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
XSA
1023
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
XSA
1024
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138

BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2014
Malbec Mendoza
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

Rating: 98 points

The 2014 Adrianna Vineyard River Stones is the second vintage of the Malbec from the stonier part of the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary that is next to a dry river bed (the vineyard has 110 hectares that were planted in 1994). It fermented in open-top 500-liter oak barrels with full clusters. It was pressed before the end of fermentation, and it then finished fermenting without skins (like a white) and matured in 1,800-liter oak foudre for 18 months. It's a compact, super serious Malbec with concentration and power, great balance, abundant tannins, strong minerality, firm texture, great austerity and no concessions for sweetness whatsoever. It has all that it takes to develop for a long time in bottle. 5,400 bottles were filled in July 2016.

XSA
1027
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
XSA
1030
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
XSA
1026
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138

LOKOYA Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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.

XBW
2409
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $668
XBW
2408
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $668
XBW
2407
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $668

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
0660
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939

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
0661
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
0662
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939

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
0653
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $874

BILLECART SALMON Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2007
Brut Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 320-330

Rating: 97 points

Aromas of red berries, orange rind, dried flowers, warm brioche and spices introduce the 2007 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth, one of the highlights of this tasting chez Billecart. It's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with an enveloping attack and a bright underlying spice of acidity, revealing plenty of chalky dry extract and concentration, concluding with a long and precise finish. Despite the style of the vintage and the fact that malolactic fermentation was largely blocked, this is quite a textural, powerful wine.

XDW
0455
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $279

KRUG Clos d'Ambonnay Brut Blanc de Noirs 1995
Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 5400-5500

Rating: 98 points

The 1995 Clos d'Ambonnay has only recently become expressive. It emerges from the glass with endless layers of fruit, vibrant minerality and a big, building finish. The 1995 is a riper, more generous Ambonnay than the 1996. It will be fascinating to follow both vintages over the coming years and decades.

DEV
0190
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $4140

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Brut 2002
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 15000-16000

Rating: 98 points

Roederers 2002 Cristal is a fabulous wine! Originally released in 2009, it was re-released in March this year—and was sold out in a very short time. The Cristal I tasted at Roederer in May 2018 was disgorged in 2010, after seven years sur lie. Its amazing richness and concentration makes it a forerunner of the 2015 and follows the 1999. Only two times—2002 and 2015—the fruit from all 42 plots reserved for Cristal was used for the Cristal. "I couldnt do any better blend than the one assembling all the 42 plots," says Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, stressing that at that time only two hectares were farmed biodynamically. As a result of the conversion to biodynamic farming, Lécaillon promised himself the production of even more beautiful, vital and balanced wines, and you can feel his satisfaction whenever he speaks of the cuvées that are yet to come such as 2012 and 2015, the latter of which he calls "the new 2002." Back to history: the nose of the 2002 Cristal shows a deep, ripe and elegant fruit with aromas of white chocolate, wet chalk, wild vanilla and pepper (typical for 2002) as well as terroir-driven truffle notes. Intense and very elegant in the mouth, this is a ripe, rich and concentrated yet also pure and vital Cristal with great finesse, elegance and mineral complexity. Its a sublime Champagne right now, although its more wine than Champagne. Tasted in Reims in May 2018.

XBW
2417
1 DOUBLE MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $13484

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Brut 2012
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 360-370

Rating: 97+ points

Aromas of clear honey, crisp green orchard fruit, white peach, pastry cream and dried white flowers introduce the 2012 Cristal, a full-bodied, concentrated and powerful wine that's built for the cellar. Broader, more textural and more muscular than the 2008 Cristal, with seemingly even greater reserves of structuring dry extract, the 2012 is incisive and searingly chalky. This is the first Cristal produced exclusively from organically farmed fruit, and it marks the opening of a new chapter for Louis Roderer. The blend is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, vinified without malolactic fermentation and disgorged with 7.5 grams per liter dosage. Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon has once again excelled himself.

XBW
2161
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $336

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Rose 2009
Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 640-650

Rating: 96+ points

The 2009 Cristal Rosé is a rich and intense expression of Roederers Cristal. Due to roughly 55% of old-vines Pinot Noir from Aÿs calcareous clay soils and the sunny vintage, it has super luscious fruit with a velvety, caressing and powdery-chalky texture and great depth that gives it very good potential to age. There is also remarkable purity, finesse and tension in the energetic 2009, which cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon compares with the 2012 and the enchanting style of Vosne-Romannée. The 2009 Cristal Rosé is like a laser beam on the palate, very straight, sharp and precise yet elegant, intensely fruity and chalky. Very fine wild red fruit flavors feature on the nose, with crystalline freshness on the chalky palate. This is a gorgeous Cristal and another great 2009. In contrast to the 2009 white Cristal, the Rosé is perfect to drink now, perhaps only for a few months before it shuts down to start its real life in a couple of years. Tasted at the domaine in May 2018.

XBW
0055
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $594

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Rose 2012
Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 98 points

The 2012 Cristal Rosé is showing brilliantly, unwinding in the glass with a beautiful bouquet of fresh peach, bergamot, strawberries, tangerine and blanched almonds that's still quite reserved. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and strikingly complete, its vinous attack segueing into a multidimensional core that exemplifies the ideal of power without weight, built around a racy but integrated spine of animating acidity and complemented by an exquisitely refined mousse. All the concentration of the 2012 vintage is on display, but it's rendered with terrific finesse. Decidedly youthful and introverted—indeed, I spent several hours with a bottle to compose this note—the 2012 will really come into its own with five or six years in the cellar and displays all the attributes necessary for considerable longevity. It's a blend of 56% Pinot Noir and 44% Chardonnay that saw no malolactic fermentation, and it was disgorged with eight grams per liter dosage.

XBW
1963
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $661

SALON S Le Mesnil Blanc De Blancs 1996
Blanc De Blancs Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2200

Rating: 97+ points

The 1996 Salon is yet another wine that is maturing splendidly. Once focused to the point of being painfully austere and angular, today the 1996 Salon has begun to soften and fill out. My latest bottles have been rich, generous and totally compelling in every way.

PRE
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1160
PRE
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1160
PRE
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1160
PRE
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1160

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2003
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 330-350

Rating: 99 points

It's hard to believe the 2003 Syrah Astralis Vineyard could be better, but it offers riveting richness, intensity, purity, and equilibrium. Structurally, it is similar to the Piggott Range, revealing abundant amounts of sweet, ripe tannin, and huge extract, richness, and depth. Meant for true connoisseurs who are willing to forget it for 5-8 years, it represents what Roman Bratasiuk and Clarendon Hills do so well ... show respect for the great traditions of France, but recognize the extraordinary raw materials that emerge from old vines planted in McLaren Vale. This fabulous wine offers both power and elegance, and showcases the extraordinary talent of Roman Bratasiuk. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.

DAN
0123
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $224
DAN
0124
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $224
DAN
0125
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $224

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
0415
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
JEL
0416
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
JEL
0417
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
JEL
0418
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
JEL
0419
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
JEL
0420
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
EDD
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $246
EDD
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $246
EDD
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $246
EDD
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $246
EDD
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $246
EDD
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $246

GIACONDA Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay Beechworth
Estimate Per Bottle: 230-240

Rating: 97+ points

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

BOT
0049
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $141
BOT
0050
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $140
BOT
0051
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $140
BOT
0090
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $140

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1990
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1100-1200

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+.

XHO
0325
1 BOTTLE Museum releaseEx-cellarCurrent Bid: $924
AWA
0378
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
AWA
0379
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $700
AWA
0380
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
AWA
0381
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
AWA
0382
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
AWA
0383
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1994
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

Rating: 98 points

Deep brick-colored, the 1994 Hill of Grace offers notes of stewed plums, dried berries and baking spices with nuances of aniseed, vanilla and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, it has great concentration and structure in the mouth, with crisp acid plus firm, grainy tannins, and is packed with layered, dried berry and spice flavors before finishing long with tons of remaining fruit. This wine still has many years to go. Drink it now to 2030+.

XHO
0327
1 BOTTLE Museum releaseEx-cellarCurrent Bid: $829

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1999
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 97 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 1999 Hill of Grace presents fragrant notes of warm blackberries and black cherries with hints of menthol, dried thyme and sage, licorice, dark chocolate and black olives. Full-bodied, rich and powerful, it has firm, chewy tannins, crisp acid and a long finish. It is still very youthful in the mouth with lots of flavor layers. It is drinking well now and should continue to cellar through 2035+.

162
0041
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
162
0042
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
CWD
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $492
CWD
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $492

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

Deep garnet-colored, the 2004 Hill of Grace presents warm black fruits, black plums and cassis with underlying Mediterranean herb, spice box and truffles nuances. Full-bodied and rich, it has plenty of acid lift alongside medium to firm, rounded tannins. It is still quite taut on the long, peppery and earthy finish. Still very youthful, this wine should age very well and can drink now to 2030+.

162
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
162
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0291
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $440

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

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+.

162
0045
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
162
0046
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
OTT
0295
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0296
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0297
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 97 points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2006 Hill of Grace has some oak poking through the red and blue fruit aromas, with underlying toast, marmite and sage hints. Medium to full-bodied, it is a very tight knit and youthful wine with crisp acid, medium to firm, finely grained tannins and a long finish. Drink it 2014 to 2030+.

162
0047
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
162
0048
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
OTT
0292
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0293
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0294
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2008
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

Rating: 96 points

According to Stephen Henschke, the 2008 Hill of Grace Shiraz was among the earlier picks that vintage, avoiding the worst of the heatwave that followed. It was never the most elegant or perfumed vintage, but its rich and creamy, loaded with mocha and blackberry flavors. Full-bodied and intense, it remains rather big and muscular, with a slightly coarse but tremendously long finish. It could go another 20 years in a cool cellar.

OTT
0317
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
OTT
0318
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
OTT
0319
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 97+ points

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the nose on the 2009 Hill of Grace is a little closed, though it reveals notes of warm black plums, blackberry coulis and cloves with subtle nuances of dried Provence herbs, forest floor and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it possesses layers of medium to full-bodied black fruit and earth-laced flesh elegantly structured by a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins, nicely balanced acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2026+.

OTT
0323
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0324
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0325
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

Rating: 99 points

Medium garnet in color, the 2010 Shiraz Hill of Grace reveals a slightly reticent yet beguiling nose of kirsch, dried mulberries and plum preserves with nuances of star anise, potpourri, cloves, dusty earth and menthol. Medium to full-bodied with youthfully taut, mouth-filling perfumed berry preserves and exotic spice flavors, the fruit is well framed by rounded, polished tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredible length. It could still benefit from 2-4 years in bottle before entering its drinking window but is already stunning.

OTT
0320
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

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
0229
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749

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
0261
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XHO
0263
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XHO
0260
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169

KAESLER Old Bastard Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 98 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Shiraz Old Bastard displays a very pretty aromatic melange of red and black fruit, kirsch and mulberries accented with anise, Chinese five spice and black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, it has lovely harmony in the mouth between medium-firm, silky tannins and the natural acid line. It finishes long with layered flavors. Drink it from 2014 to 2025+.

RYA
0013
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $136

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

Rating: 96 points

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

XLE
0816
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0823
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0824
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0825
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0815
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0814
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109

MITOLO GAM Shiraz 2004
Shiraz McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 70-80

Rating: 97 points

Aged 18 months in primarily French oak, the 2004 Shiraz G.A.M. is an exceptional example of a precise yet full-flavored, concentrated Shiraz. Its gorgeous perfume of blueberries, blackberries, camphor, licorice, and pain grille is followed by an inky/blue/purple-colored wine offering superb purity, full-bodied richness, and gorgeous depth as well as texture. This fabulous effort is another example of Ben Glaetzer's brilliant talents. It should drink well for 15 years.

For a winery only established in 1999, and dedicated to hand-crafted, artisinal wines, Mitolo has consistently been a revelation in my tastings. Thanks to owner Frank Mitolo and his brilliant winemaker, Ben Glaetzer, the quality has been truly splendid.

UCB
0928
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $49

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 1962
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 20000-22000

Rating: 99 points

This was a particularly great bottle of 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A, a wine I've had the privilege to taste twice before. The nose is ethereal, perfumed with exotic spices, potpourri, frankincense, rose hip tea, tobacco, leather and smoked game with a remaining whiff of kirsch. Delicate in style and yet richly fruited in the mouth, it offers layer upon layer of spice, tea and dried fruit flavors with a very long finish textured by the faintest suggestion of lingering silky tannins.

BNS
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1 BOTTLE High shoulderCurrent Bid: $13560

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

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.

LAN
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
PAU
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
PAU
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
ELI
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

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
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $538
162
0025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $417
162
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $417
162
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $417
162
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1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $1040
162
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1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $1200
PAU
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $500
OTT
0250
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0251
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
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0252
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

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!

OTT
0253
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1600-1700

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.

162
0040
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $1080
OTT
0259
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
OTT
0260
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
OTT
0261
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

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
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $538
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $538
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $538
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $538
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $440
162
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $440
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $440
OTT
0269
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0270
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0271
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

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+.

OTT
0262
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0263
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

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.

BOT
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $571
BOT
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1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $564
BOT
0024
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $564
BOT
0025
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $564
BOT
0026
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $564
BOT
0027
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $564
OTT
0275
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0276
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0277
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

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+.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

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.

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0284
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560

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

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

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.

NIK
0029
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $800
OTT
0211
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $720
OTT
0212
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $720
OTT
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $720

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.

OAK
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1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 1993 & 2004, re-labelled by Penfolds in 1993Current Bid: $880
MIC
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1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $702
MIC
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1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006Current Bid: $693
MIC
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1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006Current Bid: $693
MIC
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1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $740
MK5
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1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $634
OAK
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1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, label damage, re-labelled by Penfolds in September 1993Current Bid: $640

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

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.

AWA
0404
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $520
AWA
0409
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016Current Bid: $720
AWA
0410
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016Current Bid: $731
OTT
0217
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $800
OTT
0218
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $800
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1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $800

PENFOLDS Magill Estate Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Adelaide Metropolitan
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 96 points

Coming from the small, single vineyard surrounding the original Magill winery, the deep garnet-purple colored 2013 Shiraz Magill Estate reveals gorgeous black plums and blackberry tart aromas with spice box, vanilla, lavender and cola suggestions plus some cigar box hints. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, rich and expressive, it has a rock solid backbone of fine-grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing with great length and harmony. Best Magill Estate ever? It is certainly the finest I've tasted. Only 1200 cases produced.

PAS
0238
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
PAS
0239
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
PAS
0231
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
PAS
0232
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
PAS
0233
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
PAS
0234
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96

THE STANDISH WINE COMPANY The Relic Single Vineyard Shiraz Viognier 2017
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 95-100

Rating: 97 points

Standish's 2017 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier includes 2% Viognier, just enough to soften the wine's considerable tannins and add a floral element on the nose. Gorgeous scents of brambly blackberries and anise lead into a wine that's full-bodied and plush, long and silky, adding hints of cocoa and espresso on the finish.

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0016
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $86
XLI
0017
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $86
XLI
0018
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $86

THE STANDISH WINE COMPANY The Standish Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-110

Rating: 96 points

Lifted, herbal notes of mint, thyme and sage appear on the nose of the 2017 The Standish Shiraz. They're followed by waves of raspberries and more raspberries, fleshing out the full-bodied palate and lingering onto the long, silky finish, where they're joined by savory roasted-meat and espresso notes. While almost approachable now, a few years in the cellar surely wouldn't hurt.

XLI
0024
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $91
XLI
0020
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $91
XLI
0019
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $91

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.

XTO
0263
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98
XTO
0262
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98
XTO
0261
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98
ACC
8041
1 BOTTLECurrent 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.

XTO
0248
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157
XTO
0260
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157
XTO
0250
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $158

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 230-240

Rating: 98+ points

Torbrecks flagship is the 2005 Run Rig, a 97% Shiraz cuvee sourced from 120- to 160-year-old vines with 3% finished Viognier added before bottling. It spent 30 months in 60% new French oak. Opaque purple/black in color, it has a kinky, exotic bouquet of fresh road tar, smoke, lavender, black pepper, game, blueberry, and black raspberry. Full-bodied and opulent on the palate, the wine is dense, packed, and unevolved. It will continue to open up over the next 10-12 years and drink well through 2040 in the style of a Chapoutier Hermitage. If it develops as I think it will, it will be a candidate for perfection down the road.

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1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $200
MON
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1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $168
MON
0135
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $168

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+.

XTO
0139
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0136
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0140
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214

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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0247
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0246
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0243
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214

TORBRECK The Laird Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet colored, the 2006 The Laird offers a multi-faceted nose of ripe black berries, blueberry preserves and kirsch aromas with an underlying perfume of baking spices, lavender, cinnamon stick and cloves plus some savory / earthy nuances, including bacon, black tea, tobacco and forest floor. The palate is full bodied and densely packed with fruit, savory and earth flavors while supported by a firm level of very fine-grained tannins and refreshing acidity. It finishes very long and while already incredibly complex, promises a lot more to come. Consider drinking it 2014 to 2026+.

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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $481

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.

XTO
0271
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $624

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
0431
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
0421
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
0418
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94

TUA RITA Redigaffi Merlot 2016
Merlot Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

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.

XSA
1243
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $874
XSA
1242
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $874

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2012
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 99 points

The wine of the vintage is the Perrin’s 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, and it will most likely merit a perfect rating in another couple of years. Full-bodied, massive and layered on the palate, with awesome purity and freshness, it delivers incredible aromatics of beef blood, truffle, graphite, iron and black and blue fruits. Given all of the fruit and texture, you almost have to hunt for the structure here, but trust me, it’s there. The tasting at Beaucastel took place a 9 a.m., and even then, this is one wine I found impossible to spit. It’s a tour de force that will have 3-4 decades of life.

XSA
1061
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
1063
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
1062
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2013
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 96+ points

The 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a beast of a wine that’s shed most of the baby fat it showed from barrel. A normal blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Counoise, this tiny production release has incredible minerality to go with searing black and blue fruits, forest floor, smoked earth and leather. Full-bodied, inky, concentrated and backwards with a serious kick of tannin, it will need a decade of cellaring to be approachable. I suspect it will have 2-3 decades of longevity.

XSA
1064
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2014
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: (94 - 96) points

Probably the wine of the vintage (I feel like I say that every year for this cuvee), the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin is a substantial, full-bodied, shockingly concentrated 2014 that gives up classic notes of blackberries, blueberries, forest floor, beef blood and licorice. Mouth-coating and rich with building tannin, it will be approachable at an earlier age than most vintages, yet will still need 5-6 years of cellaring.

XSA
1065
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
1066
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2015
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 98 points

As this was bottled only a week before I tasted it, I suspect this rating will prove to be conservative once a few months have passed. The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is another prodigious version of this wine. How many wines in this world can be so huge yet so lacking the feeling of weight? There's plenty of layered spice but also a core of raspberries; rich tannins, yet no real astringency; and a long finish without any apparent heat. Wow!

XSA
1067
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $781

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
0593
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $579

E. GUIGAL Ermitage Ex Voto 2015
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 640-650

Rating: 96 points

Spicy, cedary and firm, the 2015 Ermitage Ex Voto is built tough, like the granite it comes from. Hints of pencil shavings and crushed stone accent mixed red and black fruit, picking up hints of licorice and pepper on the long, tannic finish. Give this another 5-6 years in the cellar, then drink it over the following decade and a half or so.

XSA
1332
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627
XSA
1333
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627
XSA
1331
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627

E. GUIGAL Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2010
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 550-600

Rating: 100 points

The utterly perfect 2010 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is as good as it gets in Hermitage Blanc. Offering a crazy array of liquid rock-like minerality, graphite, flint, white currants, white peach and quince, it's layered, full-bodied, impeccably balanced and pure. It's a straight up tour de force that’s going to have decades of longevity. As always, the blend is 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne, aged 30 months in new French oak. Hat's off to the Guigal family for this incredible wine.

XSA
1322
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $537
XSA
1323
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $537
XSA
1324
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $537

E. GUIGAL La Landonne 2011
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 99 points

A step up over the other two single vineyard releases, the 2011 Cote Rotie la Landonne is an incredible wine that knocks it out of the park in the vintage. Its inky purple/ruby color is followed by to-die-for notes of cassis, black olives, truffles, graphite and crushed rock. Full-bodied, massively concentrated, thick and unctuous, it has the vintage’s flamboyant fruit profile, yet backs it up with a stacked mid-palate, serious amounts of tannin and a finish that just won’t quite. It’s relatively approachable now due to its glycerin and fat, yet needs a decade of cellaring and will knock your socks off over the following two decades or more.

XSA
1264
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1266
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1265
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531

E. GUIGAL La Mouline 2011
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 98 points

Starting out the single vineyards and bottled in February (after over four years in new oak barrels), the 2011 Cote Rotie la Mouline is as slutty, sexy and seamless as they come. Full-bodied, thrillingly concentrated and unctuous, it offers classic Mouline notes of cured meats, violets, black raspberries, espresso and hints of vanilla bean. Philippe Guigal commented that the worst thing about 2011 was the it came after 2010, and while the previous two vintages will get all of the attention, this 2011 will deliver almost as much pleasure, and do it right from the start as well. It needs 3-4 years of cellaring and will drink sensationally through 2041.

XSA
1267
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1269
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1268
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531

E. GUIGAL La Mouline 2012
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

The 2012 Côte Rôtie La Mouline reminds me of the 2011 with its upfront, incredibly perfumed nose of spring flowers, cured meats, roasted herbs, olives and sweet cassis fruit. Full-bodied, beautifully textured, mouth-filling and already impossible to resist, it expands on the palate and I guarantee this beauty will put a smile on your face anytime over the coming two decades.

XSA
1278
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1277
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1276
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573

E. GUIGAL La Mouline 2014
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97 points

Floral aromas accent sturdy notes of grilled meat and almost delicate notes of red berries in the open, approachable 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline. Medium to full-bodied, it shows great purity and a supple, silky, classic feel. It's built more on elegance and complexity than power, with those floral, herbal notes leaving a long, silky impression on the finish.

XSA
1294
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1295
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1296
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619

E. GUIGAL La Turque 2011
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

The 2011 Cote Rotie la Turque is about as seamless and sexy as wine gets, and this cuvee continues to put on weight and richness with every passing year. Offering a monstrous nose of Asian spices, kirsch liqueur, blackcurrants, pepper and smoked meats, this full-bodied Cote Rotie has layers of sweet tannin, no hard edges and a killer finish. It's already hard to resist today, but has three decades of prime drinking to go.

XSA
1271
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1272
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1270
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531

E. GUIGAL La Turque 2012
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 98 points

Similar to the La Mouline with its forward, incredibly sexy style, the 2012 Côte Rôtie La Turque (there’s 7% Viognier in the blend) offers a saturated purple color to go with meaty, smoky notes of cassis, cured meats, chocolate and roasted herbs. It’s a big mouthful of a wine, with full-bodied richness and a stacked mid-palate, but it has a seamless, weightless texture, perfectly ripe tannin and a blockbuster finish. I’d happily drink a glass today, but it should be at its finest from 2020-2046.

XSA
1282
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1283
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1284
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573

E. GUIGAL La Turque 2014
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 98 points

Now that it's in bottle, the 2014 Cote Rotie La Turque has exceeded all of my earlier expectations. It's got those classic Côte Rôtie elements on the nose of smoked bacon, olives and violets, seamlessly entwined with supple tannins and raspberry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky and fine, showing tremendous length and complexity on the finish. On this occasion, La Turque came to the head of the class as the most approachable, exciting and elegant of the three La Las.

XSA
1297
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1298
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1299
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619

PAUL JABOULET AINE La Chapelle 2017
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 98 points

The 2017 Hermitage La Chapelle comes from the firm's vineyards on the western half of the Hermitage slope, primarily Le Meal, but with substantial contributions from Les Rocoules and Les Bessards. Classic notes of cassis, black olives, mocha and roasted meat are joined by hints of baking spices in a wine that's full-bodied, deep, dense and rich, with a velvety texture and a lingering finish. It's lower in alcohol than the 2018, less voluptuous and maybe just a step behind that monumental wine, but it's still a serious collectible with three decades of evolution ahead of it.

MUL
1441
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1442
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1443
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1444
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1446
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1450
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356

CHATEAU GAZIN 2009
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-260

Rating: 96 points

A big, powerful, masculine Pomerol with a style not dissimilar from Le Gay, the dense purple-colored 2009 Gazin exhibits black currant, black cherry liqueur, coffee, roasted herb, an exotic Asian spice component, vanillin, creme caramel and toasty oak in its aromatics and flavors. From a vineyard near Petrus, Le Gay and La Fleur Petrus, it is full-bodied with licorice, earth, truffle and creme de cassis in the mouth. Give this powerful, backward 2009 an additional 6-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades.

PAS
0116
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
PAS
0117
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
PAS
0120
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
SAN
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148

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.

XDV
0321
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1199
XDV
0320
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1199

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.

XNE
0015
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $524
XNE
0018
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $524

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
0119
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0118
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541

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
0613
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1410
XSA
0612
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1409
XSA
0607
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1409

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

Rating: 96 points

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

XDV
0362
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0361
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0360
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564