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

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
0661
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0636
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0634
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117

TERROIR AL LIMIT Les Manyes Grenache 2016
Grenache Priorat
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 100 points

The 2016 Les Manyes is aromatic with tantalizing aromas of wild berries and herbs, flowers, a touch of forest floor and something salty. This has a lighter color and comes from a healthier vineyard that gives slightly higher yields (it was not in good shape); the vineyard is in a high-altitude place where they escape the heat of the Priorat. Of course the soils are completely different—they are limestone instead of slate and have more in common with Montsant than the majority of Priorat. The nose could be a mixture of a great vintage of Château Rayas and a traditional Nebbiolo from Piemonte. It's beautifully textured, with refined, chalky tannins and a medium to full-bodied palate, with no room for sweetness but with the volume of ripe Garnacha, pungent flavors and a very long finish. I just couldn't get myself to spit the wine! This is as far removed from a sweet wine as possible: This is a salty wine, a wine for food, a wine for gastronomy. The nose kept changing in the glass, developing new nuances with time—aromatic, intoxicating and attractive, with a kind of magnetism that made me go back to the glass over and over again. I could smell this for hours... I don't think Priorat gets much better than this! Bravo! 2,868 bottles were filled in July 2018.

812
0546
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $515

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Brut 2013
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 98 points

I've revisited Roederers 2013 Cristal four times since I reviewed it in April of this year—including several times from my own cellar—and I had to admit that even my lavish praise didn't do it full justice. Combining the cool-vintage cut of 2008 with the more completely mature fruit of 2012, the 2013 Cristal might well be said to represent the perfect combination of the two from a purist's perspective. The wine unwinds in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, almond paste and citrus oil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless and multidimensional palate that's intense but weightless, with racy acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, penetrating finish. Drink the 2008 Cristal on its own, and you're unlikely—to put it mildly—to have any complaints; but compare it directly with the 2013 and you'll see Roederer's rapid progress in the vineyards writ large.

XBW
2480
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $347
XBW
2481
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $347
XBW
2482
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11340
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11341
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11428
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11429
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11430
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11431
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 1996
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 620-640

Rating: 98 points

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

LOI
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
LOI
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
LOI
0004
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $624

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 2002
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 96 points

The 2002 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wines volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off. Geoffroy describes the vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.

AGR
0031
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $374

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
0422
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $334
JEL
0423
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $334
JEL
0424
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $334

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1991
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

Rating: 97 points

Deep brown-brick in color, the 1991 Hill of Grace offers intensely scented notes of warm black fruits, Chinese dried plums, dark chocolate-covered cherries and licorice. It is very pure, full-bodied and rich in the mouth, with profound and seductive flavors, a great backbone of crisp acid and firm, finely-grained tannins through the long finish. It is mature now but no rush to drink.

JCA
0510
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $672

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 96 points

The 2002 Mount Edelstone Shiraz is spectacular. Its dense, opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a big, smoky perfume of roasted meats, creme de cassis, blackberries, licorice, and barbecue spices as well as a fabulously long finish that lasts nearly a minute. This flamboyant, exotic, full-bodied, rich, unctuous 100% Shiraz was aged in 80% new American and French oak for 18 months. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. This cuvee often possesses impressive aging potential as evidenced by the 1990 (rated 94) and 1979 (rated 92), both drunk in July, 2005.

XHO
0398
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-225

Rating: 96 points

The 2016 Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz is steeped in complexity, with aromas ranging from camphor, bay leaf and sage to smoke and grilled beef and from blueberries and blackberries to plums laced with spice. Full-bodied, rich and intense, it's ripe and velvety textured, with a long, licorice-tinged finish and dusty tannins that bode well for the cellar. From vines planted in 1912, I suspect this will come close to the quality of the Hill of Grace at a fraction of the price. Tasted again the following day from the open bottle, this was even better, seamless, flowing and harmonious in the mouth.

XHO
0369
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
XHO
0366
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
XHO
0365
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
XHO
0364
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
XHO
0361
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
XHO
0359
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
ACC
9952
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
ACC
10007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
ACC
10008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
ACC
10009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 1989
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-240

Rating: 99 points

Deep brick in color, the 1989 Shiraz The Armagh was an absolute treat to taste, with a beautiful floral and potpourri nose over a core of licorice, sandalwood, menthol and a huge helping of Christmas cake, plus an orange peel lift. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is opulently fruited with layers of Chinese five spice and dried fruits notes, with a solid structure and wonderful depth to the epic, long finish. This vintage in particular reminds me a little of Wedouree fruit with an Armagh twist.

ROC
0019
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $272

JIM BARRY The Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 96 points

A new offering that I have never tasted before is the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon The Benbournie, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 14 months in French oak. This spectacular effort admirably demonstrates what can be achieved in Clare Valley with Cabernet. (See the wines of Kilikanoon as well.) Gorgeous peppery, minty, black currant, and flowery scents jump from the glass of this inky/purple-hued wine. Full-bodied, powerful, intense, and rich, with notes of roasted meats, dried herbs, and spice, good purity, and a sensational finish, it is accessible now, and should drink well for 15-20 years.

PRE
0618
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $104

NOON WINERY Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 96 points

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

CHE
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $74

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2000
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 90-100

Rating: 96 points

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

CHE
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $61

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2001
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 90-100

Rating: 99 points

The 2001 Shiraz Reserve is a riveting example of what is so exciting about old vine Shiraz. Produced from a 35-40-year old McLaren Vale vineyard, it possesses amazing aromatics, purity, texture, and richness. This 2001, which tips the scales at a lofty 15.8% alcohol, is intense and full-bodied as well as remarkably elegant for a wine of such mass and intensity. Its impenetrable inky/black/purple color is accompanied by explosive aromatics, and is bursting with deep, rich, well-balanced flavors revealing seamlessly integrated wood, alcohol, acidity, and tannin. Profoundly deep, rich, and intense, it will hit its peak in 3-4 years, and should last for 15+. This is truly compelling old vine Shiraz!

CHE
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $74
CHE
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $73
CHE
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $74

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

Rating: 99 points

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

CHE
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $82
CHE
0015
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 99 points

The 2006 Reserve Shiraz was sourced from a 45-year-old vineyard and aged for 18 months in small and large French and American oak. Opaque purple/black in color, it gives up a lavish perfume of smoke, mineral, game, bacon, and blueberry that leaps from the glass. Thick, opulent, and intense, it coats the mouth with savory fruit, spices, and a hint of chocolate. Seamless on the palate, it nevertheless conceals enough structure to evolve for a decade for those able to resist its immediate come-on. It should be at its best from 2012 to 2030.

CHE
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $117

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 80-90

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Reserve Shiraz is a little closed at this stage, revealing a subtle earthy character over restrained notes of creme de cassis, mulberries and licorice, plus hints of cloves, lavender, spice cake, espresso and bacon fat. Very concentrated and richly fruited on the full bodied palate, the muscular fruit is well supported by a firm level of finely grained tannins with medium-high acid to lend just enough lift, finishing long. This wine is for the long haul and should drink best 2014 to 2024+.

CHE
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $61
CHE
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $61

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: $12360
ROC
0025
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2012, hand written labelCurrent Bid: $15840

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

Rating: 99+ points

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

106
0842
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $800

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

Rating: 97 points

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

106
0838
1 BOTTLE BOXED WeepyCurrent Bid: $600

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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.

106
0826
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
MGK
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
MGK
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
MGK
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
DAN
0082
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

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+.

106
0830
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
106
0832
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
BRE
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $699
MGK
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
MGK
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
MGK
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
MGK
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
MGK
0015
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
MGK
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
MAN
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2002
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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!

106
0833
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $681
106
0834
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $681
PRE
0573
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
MAN
0004
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $600

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

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.

KIM
0095
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $1499
BRE
0075
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0080
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
MAN
0011
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1100

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

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.

PRE
0819
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $899
PRE
0820
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $899
PRE
0821
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $899
MAN
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $644
MAN
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $644
MAN
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $644
MAN
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $644
MAN
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $644
MAN
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $644

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

Rating: 99 points

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

DEB
0022
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
KIM
0098
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
KIM
0099
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
KIM
0100
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
KIM
0101
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
KIM
0102
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $850
PRE
0287
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $850
KIM
0189
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
DEB
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
CAR
0001
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $2001
CAR
0002
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $2001
DEB
0023
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650
DEB
0024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650
DEB
0025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2017
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 96 points

Strongly marked—as always—by its 100% American oak elevage, the 2017 Grange backs up the cedar and vanilla notes with ample blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied, ripe and almost decadently creamy in the mouth, it's loaded with substance, concentrated and rich, yet—in the context of Grange—relatively light and elegant-seeming on the finish. Only the seventh-ever Grange to be exclusively Shiraz, it originates from Barossa Valley (86%) and McLaren Vale (14%); Shiraz from other growing regions in South Australia failed to make the grade this year.

XGR
0060
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824
XGR
0059
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824
XGR
0058
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824
XGR
0057
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824
XGR
0056
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824
XGR
0055
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 3400-3500

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.

NIK
0068
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight capsule damage, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1999
NIK
0070
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $2299
NIK
0071
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $2299
DAV
0003
1 BOTTLE High shoulder & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1130
GRE
0001
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1996 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $3959
GRE
0002
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1996 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $3959
JCA
0518
1 BOTTLE High shoulder & label damageCurrent Bid: $1460
RAN
0007
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016 & severe label damageCurrent Bid: $2360
RAN
0008
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $3104

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1600

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
0082
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $949
MES
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $738
MES
0002
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $800

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1982
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2400-2500

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.

NIK
0074
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2004, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1399
MIK
0917
1 BOTTLE High shoulderCurrent Bid: $800

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz 2003
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 96 points

Deep garnet in color, the 2003 RWT Shiraz is a little shut down to begin, opening out to a savory and meaty aromatic core with gentle black cherry preserves and dried mulberry notes plus a whiff of roses. Full-bodied, concentrated, rich and seductive, it is drinking beautifully but still has a long life ahead (as with 2002). It ends long with fine tannins texturing the opulent finish.

KIM
0594
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $159

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz 2018
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 98 points

Sourced only from the Barossa Valley, RWT is aged exclusively in French oak, giving it two major points of difference from the rest of the Penfolds range. Always a sexy, voluptuous wine (and admittedly a personal favorite), the 2018 RWT Shiraz ratchets that up to new heights in a great Barossa vintage, boasting layers of berry-like fruit, refined vanilla shadings and baking-spice notes, plus more exotic elements like star anise and cocoa powder. It's full-bodied and plush without being unstructured in any way, with a lingering, complex finish and the concentration to age two decades or more.

XGR
0015
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $173
XGR
0016
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $173
XGR
0017
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $173
XGR
0014
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $173
XGR
0012
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $172
XGR
0013
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $172

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz 2019
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 190-200

Rating: 96 points

Longtime readers will know of my personal fondness for this wine, going back nearly to its first vintage, the 1997. That said, the 2019 RWT Shiraz Bin 798 continues this wine's impressive run, artfully combining hedonistic waves of mixed fruit with the balancing and structural effects of 18 months in French oak hogsheads (57% new, with the balance second-fill). Dark chocolate and vanilla notes join blackberries and plums on the concentrated, full-bodied palate, picking up hints of coffee, black olives and licorice on the long, silky-textured finish. This should easily age up to two decades.

XGR
0026
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171
XGR
0027
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171
XGR
0028
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171
XGR
0029
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171
XGR
0025
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171
XGR
0024
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: 97+ points

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

KIM
0516
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
KIM
0520
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
KIM
0521
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
KIM
0522
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
KIM
0523
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
KIM
0524
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249

POWELL & SON Kraehe Marananga Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 99 points

From a tiny, one hectare, 110-year-old vineyard in Barossa Valleys Marananga subregion, the 2015 Kraehe Shiraz (pronounced kray) has a deep garnet-purple color and profoundly scented nose of blackberry and blueberry preserves, dried plums and mulberries with salami and fertile earth undertones, plus hints of marmite toast, asphalt and licorice. The full-bodied palate packs in the flavor layers with the voluptuous fruit superbly framed by firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with epic length. Give this sexy Shiraz another 2-3 years in bottle and drink it over the next 25+ years. 155 cases were made.

XPO
0358
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0359
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0360
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0328
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0327
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0326
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533

POWELL & SON Steinert Flaxman's Valley Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97+ points

Coming from a small (two=hectare) single vineyard with more than 120-year-old vines in the Flaxman Valley area of Barossas cooler Eden Valley, the 2015 Steinert Shiraz offers a deep garnet-purple color and very pretty red currants, black cherries and black raspberries notes, with touches of pepper and spice box plus fleeting wafts of roses. The medium to full-bodied palate is seriously intense, delivering ripe red berry and spice layers with a very long, perfumed finish. 200 cases were made.

XPO
0365
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0364
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0363
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0361
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0362
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0366
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2018
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-125

Rating: 98 points

What a lush, charming, wonderfully drinkable wine. The 2018 Descendant, made by fermenting Shiraz on Viognier skins, is a terrific effort, starting from its intriguing spicy, peppery aromas. Those notes are seamlessly intertwined with impressively ripe fruit scents evocative of blueberries and cherries, while the full-bodied palate is plush, creamy and supple without being unstructured or overblown. Softly dusty tannins ground the finish, lending a sense of savory balance to this beauty. Descendent is one of my favorite Torbreck bottlings year after year, and this may be the best one yet.

XTO
0304
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0293
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0303
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0276
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0277
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0300
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10022
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10023
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2015
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

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.

ACC
9474
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $169
ACC
10091
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $169

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2018
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

Rating: 97 points

Showing enormous intensity and length, the 2018 Les Amis Grenache is a tremendous success. Yes, the oak slightly overshadows the fruit on the nose, where cedary notes ride easily over ripe cherries, but it recedes into the background in the mouth, allowing waves of black cherries, red raspberries and exotic spice notes to come forward and expand on the full-bodied palate. Plush and creamy-textured, it's nevertheless refined and elegant on the finish, which turns silky and spicy, with lingering notes of red berries, licorice and cola.

XTO
0267
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0246
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0263
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0266
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0243
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0139
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2017
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 290-300

Rating: 98 points

As usual, the 2017 RunRig is approximately 2% Viognier. It spent almost 30 months in oak, 40% of which was new. Hints of peach or apricot appear on the nose, alongside notes of hickory smoke, cherries and baking spices. It's full-bodied and concentrated but supple and silky enough to seem lighter in the mouth, showing tremendous length and elegance on the finish, where it adds nuances of cinnamon and coco

XTO
0380
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
XTO
0378
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
XTO
0376
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
XTO
0366
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
XTO
0367
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
XTO
0368
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
ACC
11126
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $252
ACC
11127
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $252
ACC
11128
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $252
ACC
11129
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $252
ACC
11130
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $252
ACC
11131
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $252

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2018
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 290-300

Rating: 99 points

Torbreck's 2018 RunRig needs a bit of air right now, as the nose and palate truly open up and expand after a while in the glass. Unlike some vintages, it's rather tight and cedary upon first pour, then relaxes to reveal hints of stone fruit, blueberries, cherries, pastry crust and baking spices. In the mouth, it's full-bodied and concentrated, richly textured and marked by ripe tannins, which leave behind a velvety, mouth-coating finish tinged with licorice and dark berries. While approachable now—and even damn enjoyable—it deserves another several years in the cellar. Drink the 2018 Descendant while waiting.

XTO
0386
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0384
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0381
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0382
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0383
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
ACC
10673
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0385
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
ACC
11190
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $255
ACC
11191
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $255

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
0363
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $644
XTO
0362
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $644

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.

ACC
11181
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $129
MUL
0497
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
MUL
0451
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
MUL
0450
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117

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
8664
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8665
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8670
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8671
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8672
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
10047
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83

PAITIN Di Pasquero Elia Riserva Vecchie Vigne Nebbiolo 2010
Nebbiolo Barbaresco
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: (94 - 97) points

The 2010 Barbaresco Sori’ Paitin Vecchie Vigne is endowed with tons of nobility and sheer class. Freshly cut flowers, savory herbs and the essence of dried roses are some of the many notes that emerge from this huge, dense Barbaresco. The 2010 is insanely rich and headspinning in its balance and pure pedigree. I can’t wait to see how the wine develops over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. The Pasquero-Elia family has been producing wine for several centuries, making this small estate one of the historic properties of Piemonte. The wines have received critical acclaim for decades. Brothers Giovanni and Silvano Pasquero-Elia could easily have rested on their laurels. But they knew they could do even better. In the spring of 2010, the Pasquero-Elia brothers enlisted the services of consulting oenologist Dante Scaglione, who spent 16 years alongside Bruno Giacosa. Scaglione is a former classmate of Giovanni’s from the days when they attended the oenological school in Alba together. The Pasquero-Elia family has superb vineyards and already knew how to craft delicious wines, but the continued search for excellence and the willingness to invest in the future is what separates the true greats from the merely good and excellent producers. Suffice it to say, the results over the last two years have been striking. Scaglione is a consultant in the true sense of the word. He gives advice and suggestions, but does not impose anything. Scaglione has brought with him a number of views on more careful treatment of the fruit post-harvest, clear ideas on how to best press Nebbiolo and a greater focus on hygiene. The rotary fermenters are on their way out, traditional submerged cap fermentations have increased, and the use of larger casks (replaced more frequently than in the past) are now pretty much the norm. Paitin tends to bottle a little later than most, so it will be some time before the results of the new team are evident to readers. The 2010 Barbareschi, which I tasted from from barrel, hold immense promise. The Pasquero-Elia family has made fabulous wines for years, but now they are in a position to challenge for one of the very top spots in Barbaresco. Personally, I couldn’t be happier for them, because they have made all the right choices and are therefore richly deserving of the success that now appears to be coming their way. Paitin bottles three Barbareschi from the estate’s vineyards, all of which are in the Serraboella district in Neive. The Serra is made from the youngest vines on the property, typically under 20 years of age. The Sori’ Paitin is made from 40 year-old vines, most of which are planted with massale selection of the estate’s best clones, while the Vecchie Vigne is, of course, an old-vines bottling.

MUL
0990
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
MUL
0988
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
MUL
0987
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138

PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO Riserva Muncagota 2016
Barbaresco
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 96 points

The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Muncagota stands out in this group of nine for the slightly more mineral-driven definition on the bouquet and the bigger textural impact and structure of the mouthfeel. There is plenty of wild fruit and cherry, but the wine's aromas also veer toward crushed stone, iron ore, spice and candied orange peel. You feel the impact on the palate, thanks to integrated tannins, freshness and an elegant dose of fruit or phenolic weight. Fruit for this wine is sourced from vineyards owned by the Bellora, Lignana and Viglino families. Production for Muncagota in this vintage is 11,157 bottles.

ACC
10526
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $134
ACC
10527
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $134

TENUTA DELL ORNELLAIA Ornellaia 2001
Bolgheri
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 96 points

The 2001 Ornellaia (magnum) offers up violets, black cherries, minerals and earthiness in a big, structured style. The wines sheer intensity and thrust are nothing short of remarkable. Ideally, readers will give the 2001 another few years in bottle; as it is truly majestic stuff but will require patience. The 2001 Ornellaia is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 18 months in French oak (70% new) prior to being lightly fined and bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026.

106
0806
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $300

TUA RITA Per Sempre Syrah 2016
Syrah Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 97 points

This is an absolutely gorgeous expression, very full and generous. The 2016 Syrah Per Sempre spent a little less time in oak compared to other vintages, just 16 months, and the results are excellent. This area's Syrah always does best in hot years, such as 2009 and 2007, and this vintage is reminiscent of the latter. There is lovely black fruit, surrounded by milled black pepper and hints of charcuterie. The key to hot-vintage Syrah is to keep the extraction low: This wine saw a 20-day maceration period, but still, the Syrah Per Sempre is thick and highly concentrated, and the 15% alcohol content is unmistakable. This would be a perfect accompaniment to a filet mignon and potatoes au gratin. This Syrah is a true standout.

XSA
1647
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $284
XSA
1654
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $284
XSA
1646
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $284

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2009
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1100-1200

Rating: 100 points

Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 2009 Chateau d’Yquem is one showstopper of a wine and perhaps it is only in a vertical that you realize this is up there among the legendary wines of the past – the 2001 included. It has a wonderful nose that expresses the Semillon component majestically: heady aromas of lemon curd, nectarine, jasmine and honeysuckle that all gain momentum in the glass. The oak is supremely well-integrated. The palate is extremely well-balanced with an unctuous entry. You are immediately knocked sideways by the palpable weight and volume in the mouth, which is almost “bulbous,” with layer upon layer of heavily botrytized fruit. It builds to a spicy finish with hints of marzipan and pralines in the background that lend it an untrammeled sense of exoticism. The 2009 is utterly fabulous and decadent, a star that will blaze brightly and undimmed for many years. Drink now-2060+. Tasted March 2014.

XNE
0230
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $839
XNE
0224
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $839

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.

ACC
10638
1 BOTTLECurrent 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
0460
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0451
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0453
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
0571
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $781
XSA
0570
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $781
XSA
0517
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $781

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2017
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 370-360

Rating: 97 points

Archetypal Les Bessards, the Delas 2017 Hermitage Les Bessards boasts rich, deep cassis fruit accented by hints of crushed stone and pencil shavings. It's full-bodied, ripe yet firm, with great energy, freshness and length on the spice-tinged finish. While relatively approachable young, it should age well for up to two decades. Tasted twice (once blind), with one bottle showing more peppery spice, red berries and cured-meat notes.

ACC
9596
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303
ACC
9597
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303
ACC
9598
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303
ACC
9599
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303
ACC
9600
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303
ACC
9601
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303

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
1297
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1296
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1291
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
1300
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1302
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1299
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
1303
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1305
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1304
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619

JL CHAVE 2014
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: (94 - 96) points

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

XNE
0446
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $714
XNE
0444
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $714

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage de L'Oree Blanc 2014
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 98+ points

The thickest, most unctuous, full-bodied and sexy white of the vintage is the 2014 Ermitage de l’Orée. Coming all from the sedimentary soils of the Les Murets and aged mostly in demi-muids (only 15% new), it offers a sensational perfume of caramelized peaches, campfire, honeysuckle and white flowers that literally come soaring from the glass. Possessing uncommon density, a stacked mid-palate, loads of sweet fruit and a blockbuster finish, this hedonistic effort can be drunk with incredibly pleasure today, or cellared for a decade or more. It will have three or more decades of overall longevity.

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0874
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $271
XFW
0870
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $271

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage de L'Oree Blanc 2017
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 96 points

There are a substantial 909 cases of the 2017 Ermitage de l'Orée. Sourced from Les Murets' clay soils, it combines hints of struck flint with honey, pear and baking spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with a layered sense of richness and ample concentration, it's a big but balanced wine. While it lacks the zest and freshness of the 2016, it should still drink well for close to two decades.

XFW
0868
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $337
XFW
0869
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $337

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage de L'Oree Blanc 2018
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: (96 - 98) points

Classy hints of pencil shavings accent the pear, nectarine and melon fruit in the full-bodied, voluptuous 2018 Ermitage de l'Orée. Despite the wine's ample richness and weight, it's surprisingly fresh and zesty, with hints of citrus zest and brine lingering on the finish.

XFW
0866
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352
XFW
0867
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352
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0864
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2008
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 440-450

Rating: 96 points

There are 445 cases of the 2008 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc. Almond paste, crushed rock, orange, mango and pineapple aromas jump from the glass of this honeyed white along with gorgeous layers of that liqueur of rocks-like note that is typical of this terroir. Unquestionably a candidate for the wine of the vintage in the entire Rhone Valley, it, like the other single vineyard white Hermitages, should drink well for 7-10 years as they are on a much faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2009, 2007, 2006 and 2005.

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0856
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $407
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0857
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $407

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2017
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 370-380

Rating: 98 points

The 2017 Ermitage le Meal Blanc starts with refined notes of crushed stone and pencil shavings that move into a whirlwind of lush fruit, ranging from pineapple through melon and pear. It's rich, almost custardy in texture, yet it's backed by mineral notes of crushed stone and delivers awesome freshness on the long finish. It's an exhilarating ride. 508 cases produced.

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0862
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $322
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0861
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $322

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2018
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 360-370

Rating: (97-99) points

Is le Méal the most complex and complete lieu-dit on Hermitage, when considering both red and white wines? The 2018 Ermitage le Méal Blanc certainly makes a case for the white, offering honeyed, complex notes of mixed citrus, pineapple, pear and melon, structural notes of crushed stone, ample weight and richness on the palate and a long, vibrant finish. Just terrific.

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0859
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $331
XFW
0860
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $331

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Rouge 2018
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: (96-98) points

The 2018 Ermitage le Méal is denser than the les Greffieux, boasting layers of blackberry fruit. It's full-bodied, rich, concentrated and tannic, with a long chewy finish that hints at mocha and espresso.

XFW
0831
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $389
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0830
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $389

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2014
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 440-450

Rating: 96 points

The 2014 Ermitage le Pavillon is another wine from this team that defies the vintage. Full-bodied, concentrated, impeccably balanced and seamless, with classic notes of crushed rocks, graphite, cassis and blackcurrants, it hits the palate with no hard edges, has a great mid-palate and possesses sweet tannin. Michel commented that this wine reminded him of the 1982, and while it offers pleasure even today, it won’t hit maturity for another decade.

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0829
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $398
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0827
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $398

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2017
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-520

Rating: 99 points

Cassis and crushed stone join on the nose of the 2017 Ermitage le Pavillon. More austere than les Geffieux or le Méal, le Pavillon is rooted more firmly in granite, with crisply defined edges and firm tannins. It's impressive for sure, full-bodied, loaded with extract and almost creamy across the mid-palate, but ultimately it needs time. Give it 10 years to soften and develop a bit more charm—it has the concentrated dark fruit to carry it the distance.

XFW
0822
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491
XFW
0823
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491
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0826
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2018
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 530-550

Rating: (96-98) points

The 2018 Ermitage le Pavillon is a plush, full-bodied beauty that combines fruity notes of blueberries with savory notes of black olives and marries them together with rich, earthy notes. Almost creamy across the mid-palate, it finishes with soft waves of velvety tannins. I expect this will firm up a bit prior to bottling, then drink well for two decades.

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0821
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506
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0814
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506
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0815
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506

M. CHAPOUTIER Le Clos Rouge 2018
Rouge Saint Joseph
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: (95 - 97) points

The impressive 2018 Saint-Joseph Le Clos offers up notes of both black cherries and black olives. It's full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with a velvety-textured but mouthwatering finish and some dusty tannins.

ACC
11367
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $217

M. CHAPOUTIER Les Greffieux Ermitage 2018
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-260

Rating: (95 - 97) points

Chapoutier's 2018 Ermitage les Greffieux features faint herbal notes and red raspberries on the nose. The most precocious of the 2018 Ermitage samples, it's full-bodied yet silky—almost lush and creamy on the palate, with a long, peppery-spicy finish.

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0838
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $235
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0837
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $235
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0836
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $235

M. CHAPOUTIER Neve Rouge 2018
Rouge Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: (95 - 98) points

Chapoutier's 2018 Cote Rotie Neve features stunning scents of violets, purple raspberries and cassis. It's full-bodied, rich and creamy-textured in the mouth, turning silky on the finish. Concentrated but elegant, it showcases the amazing potential of the Neve lieu-dit.

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0842
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
XFW
0839
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
XFW
0841
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2006
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1400

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.

XDW
1567
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1184

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
0265
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509
XNE
0263
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509
XNE
0262
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509

CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2003
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

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.

XDW
1571
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0050
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0049
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541

CHATEAU LATOUR 1er Cru Classe 1995
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1600

Rating: 96 points

A beauty, the opaque dense purple-colored 1995 exhibits jammy cassis, vanillin, and minerals in its fragrant but still youthful aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, with exceptional purity, superb concentration, and a long, intense, ripe, 40-second finish, this is a magnificent example of Latour. As the wine sat in the glass, scents of roasted espresso and toasty new oak emerged. This classic will require considerable cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.

JKL
0077
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $941
JKL
0078
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $941
JKL
0079
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $941

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

Rating: 96 points

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

XDW
1569
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0193
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0191
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0189
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDW
1568
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564