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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
1081
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
1079
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
1080
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
1078
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
1077
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
1075
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
1067
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
1071
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
XSA
1070
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138

BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Adrianna Vineyard White Bones Chardonnay 2015
Chardonnay Argentina
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96 points

I had two vintages to taste from the two whites from Adrianna Vineyard, which provided a fascinating comparison. Like all the rest, the 2015 White Bones Chardonnay had a long fermentation with wild yeasts and aged in French barriques for some 12 to 16 months, depending on the lot. It's fascinating to compare this with the 2016 and with both years from the White Stones. This is the more exuberant, open, aromatic and balsamic of the four wines, while it is still very young and fresh. The palate is also very expressive and combines power with elegance and freshness. It's long, tasty and mineral, with a salty finish. 4,500 bottles were filled in July 2016.

XSA
0774
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0775
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0782
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0790
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0779
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0776
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117

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
2261
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
0694
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
0695
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
0703
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939

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

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
0124
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $221
DAN
0125
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $221

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
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
JEL
0421
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
EDD
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $239
EDD
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $239
EDD
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $239
EDD
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $239
EDD
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $239
EDD
0015
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $239

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
0240
1 BOTTLE Museum releaseEx-cellarCurrent Bid: $924
AWA
0378
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $570
AWA
0379
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $570
AWA
0380
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $570
AWA
0381
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $595
AWA
0382
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $570
AWA
0383
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $570

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+.

CWD
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $478
CWD
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $485

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+.

OTT
0292
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0294
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

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: $501
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: $611

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
0874
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0875
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0876
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0878
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0879
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0880
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109

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
0002
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.

BRU
0010
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $550
KEL
0003
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $500
MAR
0003
1 BOTTLE Slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $500
OTT
0241
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0243
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

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

Rating: 98+ points

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

OTT
0252
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!

BRU
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $630
OTT
0253
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
OTT
0255
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $530

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.

OTT
0259
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
OTT
0261
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640

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+.

DEV
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
DEV
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
PAU
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $526
PAU
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $526
PAU
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $526
PAU
0065
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $526
OTT
0269
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0270
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0272
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0273
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0274
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: $580
OTT
0267
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0268
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
OTT
0298
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
0025
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $564
BOT
0027
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $564
BOT
0028
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $564
BOT
0029
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $568
OTT
0276
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $730
OTT
0279
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0280
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0281
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0282
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

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.

OTT
0306
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
OTT
0307
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560

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.

OTT
0213
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $800

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
0309
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 1993 & 2004, re-labelled by Penfolds in 1993Current Bid: $880
MIC
0173
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $702
MIC
0271
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $750
OAK
0331
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: 1100-1150

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.

OTT
0217
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $800
OTT
0218
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $800
OTT
0219
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $800
OAK
0352
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $590

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
0231
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
PAS
0232
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81

TEUSNER Righteous FG Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

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.

BOB
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108

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.

XLI
0018
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $86
XLI
0017
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $86
XLI
0016
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
0268
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98
XTO
0267
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98
XTO
0266
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
0262
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157
XTO
0264
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157
XTO
0263
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157
ACC
8531
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $157
ACC
8532
1 BOTTLECurrent 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+.

XTO
0271
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0272
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0270
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.

XTO
0277
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0278
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0274
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0276
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.

XTO
0269
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
0389
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $95
MUL
0390
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
0388
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94

ISOLE E OLENA Collezione Privata Syrah 2016
Syrah Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 90-100

Rating: 96 points

I absolutely love this profound and beautiful Syrah from Tuscany. The 2016 Syrah Collezione Privata offers a unique interpretation of the grape that delivers much of the heft, power, smokiness and textural richness of the French grape, however it also shows purely Italian flares of grilled herb, blue flower, moist earth and Toscano cigar. Bold cherry fruit fills the core of this wine, and there is plenty of padding and extra richness at the edges. The wine is rich, velvety and long in terms of mouthfeel. It ages in oak for 18 months. Some 5,000 bottles were made.

ACC
8321
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8322
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8323
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83

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
1283
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $874
XSA
1282
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
1092
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
1090
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
1093
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
1095
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
1096
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
1097
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $781

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
1377
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627
XSA
1376
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627
XSA
1374
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
1365
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $537
XSA
1367
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $537
XSA
1366
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $537

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
1309
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
1316
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1315
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1314
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
1332
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1333
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1329
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
1313
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1312
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1311
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
1319
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
1335
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1336
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1334
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
1461
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1462
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1463
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1460
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1456
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1457
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356

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
0319
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
0328
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0329
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541

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
0326
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0324
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0325
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564