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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 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.

ACC
9065
1 BOTTLECurrent 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
1242
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
1241
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
1240
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117

BOLLINGER RD Extra Brut 2007
Extra Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 97 points

Disgorged on July 10, 2020, with three grams per liter dosage, Bollinger's eagerly awaited 2007 Extra-Brut R. D. is beautiful, unwinding in the glass with aromas of crisp orchard fruit, citrus pith and white flowers mingled with hints of honey, orange oil, buttery pastry, English walnuts and delicately spicy bass notes. Full-bodied, vibrant and incisive, it's unusually elegant and structurally fine-boned for what is routinely one of Champagne's more muscular tête de cuvées, with a bright spine of acidity that's cloaked in vibrant, concentrated fruit, complemented by a pearly pinpoint mousse and concluding with an intensely sapid finish. Long and penetrating, this is a tightly coiled R. D. that will reward bottle age.

ACC
10042
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $326

KRUG Vintage Brut 2004
Vintage Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 450-500

Rating: 97 points

Combining subtleness with complexity, the coolish Krug 2004 Brut opens with a highly elegant, fascinatingly clear, bright and refreshing bouquet of ripe (apple) fruits. Dense and round, with a delicate mineral soul, the pure but perfectly balanced 2004 reveals great finesse and weightless elegance with a long and round finish. This is a gorgeous Krug vintage that is 14 years old but still on the rise. Tasted from ID 316034 in New York in November 2018.

VAU
0094
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $285

KRUG Vintage Brut 2006
Vintage Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 440-450

Rating: 97 points

Krug's superb 2006 Brut, which will be released this year, numbers among the vintage's high points, unfurling in the glass with a complex and expressive bouquet of tarte tatin, warm biscuits, ginger, honeycomb, dried white flowers, smoke and toasted nuts. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and textural, with a fleshy attack that reflects the warm vintage but segues into a beautifully vibrant palate that's deep and surprisingly reserved, displaying superb definition, delicately chalky structure and a long, lively finish. While this is a powerful vintage Krug, it's also beautifully balanced and will give immense pleasure for decades.

ACC
9453
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $369

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

Rating: 96 points

Notes of crisp yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, blanched almonds and warm brioche introduce the 2013 Cristal, a full-bodied, layered and incisive wine that's taut and chiseled but also notably exuberant in a vintage that I admire immensely but which can sometimes present an austere side. Deep, concentrated and penetrating, it's complemented by a pinpoint mousse and concludes with a long, saline finish. Less introverted than its 2012 predecessor, readers won't regret trying a bottle of the 2013 Cristal young—even if I'd recommend forgetting some for a decade too.

XBW
2272
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $339

POL ROGER Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill Brut Cuvee 2012
Brut Cuvee
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 96+ points

Pol Roger's newly released 2012 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is showing brilliantly, bursting from the glass with youthful aromas of honeyed pears, toasted brioche, pomelo, fresh pastry, green apple and mandarin orange, with hints of stone fruit emerging with time in the glass. Full-bodied, vinous and textural, with an enveloping core of fleshy, concentrated fruit, bright acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse, it concludes with a long, penetrating finish. More muscular and vibrant than the generous and charming 2009, the 2012 ranks alongside the 2008 and 2002 as one of the three finest renditions of Sir Winston Churchill this millennium—and in style it resembles a hypothetical blend of those two vintages.

XSA
2071
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $334

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: $268
JEL
0417
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268
JEL
0418
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268
JEL
0419
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268
JEL
0420
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268
JEL
0421
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268
EDD
0029
1 BOTTLE Slight weepingCurrent Bid: $202
EDD
0030
1 BOTTLE Slight weepingCurrent Bid: $197
EDD
0031
1 BOTTLE Slight weepingCurrent Bid: $197
EDD
0033
1 BOTTLE Slight weepingCurrent Bid: $197
EDD
0034
1 BOTTLE Slight weepingCurrent Bid: $197
EDD
0035
1 BOTTLE Slight weepingCurrent Bid: $205

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 880-900

Rating: 98 points

Henschke's 2016 Hill of Grace Shiraz is locked up tight behind a stubborn wall of firm tannins. Scents of pencil shavings, mocha, bay leaf, mixed berries and plums appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate starts off broad, expansive and creamy, then draws to a chewy, drying finish. There's ample concentration, length, complexity and a definitive track record of aging, so put this version away for several years while waiting for it to emerge and show its true glory. If you absolutely must drink it now, decanting for a couple of hours helps soften the tannins and brings the fruit forward.

ACC
10039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
ACC
10040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
ACC
10041
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: 97 points

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Shiraz Mount Edelstone Keyneton Vineyard has aromas of crushed blackberries, mulberries and red and black plums with nuances of smoked bacon, fertile loam and cracked black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, it offers beautiful grace, elegance and intensity on the palate with silky fine tannins and lively acidity, finishing with great length.

TON
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $170

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.

ACC
9952
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191

PENFOLDS Bin 170 Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Kalimna
Estimate Per Bottle: 1700-1800

Rating: 98 points

Commemorating 170 years of Penfolds and made with grapes from vines around 100 years old, in particular the Kalimna 3C clone, which is a block that almost always makes it into Grange, the deep purple-black colored 2010 Bin 170 Shiraz Kalimna Vineyard Block 3C absolutely “wows” with intense creme de cassis and mocha aromas that are quite meaty and nutty plus accented by some earthy undertones, hints of baking spices, mint and touches of violets. Very concentrated and complex on the medium to full-bodied palate, the firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acid lend support to the very rich, long and layered finish. Drink it now to 2025+.

PER
0001
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1176

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

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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.

KIM
0083
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
KIM
0084
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
KIM
0085
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640

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.

PRE
0266
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
PRE
0267
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2002
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1800-2000

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!

ALF
0024
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1400

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: $1200
ALF
0026
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1351

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2005
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1800-2000

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+.

ALF
0027
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1014

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2200-2300

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+.

ALF
0028
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1651

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.

OTT
0279
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650
OTT
0280
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650
OTT
0281
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650
OTT
0282
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650
OTT
0283
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0305
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
PRE
0279
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
PRE
0281
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650
PRE
0282
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650
KIM
0186
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $616
KIM
0187
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $616
KIM
0188
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $616

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2009
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1800-2000

Rating: 97 points

The 2009 Grange Shiraz is a comprised of 84% Barossa, 8% McLaren, and a little Clare Valley and a little Magill fruit with a small 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. At this youthful stage, this deep garnet-purple colored wine puts forward a vivid expression of blackberry preserve aromas amid underlying cassis, black cherry, spice box, char-grilled meat and chocolate box notes. Surprisingly medium to full-bodied (it smells much fuller!) with taut flavors that are very closed in the mouth, it has firm, chewy tannins to structure through the long and earthy finish. 406 cases imported to the US. Drink it 2018 to 2035+.

ALF
0031
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $988

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.

KIM
0098
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $681
KIM
0099
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
KIM
0100
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
KIM
0101
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
KIM
0102
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
PRE
0287
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
KIM
0189
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
DEB
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650
DEB
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $620

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2014
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 98 points

Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It's full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerful and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standards. Gago doesn't rate the vintage overall that highly, but he says the selection this year for Grange was a bit more stringent and that production levels were just average. There are still over 1,000 cases for the United States.

PRE
0289
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $676

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: $1600
NIK
0070
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1840
NIK
0071
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1840

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1800-2000

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
0043
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2007, label damage, capsule damageCurrent Bid: $800
NIK
0045
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $800
NIK
0044
1 BOTTLE Into neck, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $800
ALF
0003
1 MAGNUM BOXED High shoulderCurrent Bid: $1368
211
0052
1 BOTTLE Into neck, severe label damage, signed by Max SchubertCurrent Bid: $720
NIK
0061
1 MAGNUM BOXED Into neckCurrent Bid: $1600
NIK
0064
1 BOTTLE Slight capsule damageCurrent Bid: $960

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: $750
ALF
0004
1 MAGNUM BOXED Into neckCurrent Bid: $1026

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2400-2500

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.

ALF
0008
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1800

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 130-140

Rating: 97 points

The 2016 RWT Shiraz is Penfolds's embodiment of Barossa Valley Shiraz. Aged in French oak (72% new), it offers hints of vanilla and cedar, but more than anything, it showcases the region's bold berry and plum fruit. Full-bodied and rich, verging on decadent, yet firmly structured and long on the finish, it's a powerful yet elegant wine that is capable of being consumed young or aging up to two decades. Having embarked on a career in the wine business right around the time the first RWT was released, it's a treat to see how the latest version is showing. It's a relative bargain among the Penfolds upper echelon.

STI
0152
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $110
STI
0154
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $110
STI
0155
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $100
STI
0156
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $101
STI
0157
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $110

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.

ACC
9645
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98
ACC
9646
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98
ACC
9647
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98
ACC
9648
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98
ACC
9649
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98
ACC
9650
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98

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
0293
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0300
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0303
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0304
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2005
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: 98 points

The 2005 Les Amis, sourced from a 100+-year-old vineyard, is 100% Grenache aged for 18 months in new oak. Remarkably fragrant, it emits full-throttle aromas of spice box, kirsch, wild raspberry, and blackberry liqueur. Plush on the palate, it reveals layers of rich, red and black berry flavors, ripe tannin, and a 60-second, pure finish. Although it can be admired now, the wine merits 6-8 years of further bottle aging to reveal all of its splendors. This sensational effort could easily masquerade as Pegau Cuvee de Capo on human growth hormone.

XTO
0139
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $211
XTO
0136
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $211
XTO
0243
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $211

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
0263
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0246
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0267
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0276
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0277
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0266
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169

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
0316
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $223
XTO
0313
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $223
XTO
0315
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $223

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2017
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

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

ACC
9651
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $219
XTO
0325
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
XTO
0326
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
XTO
0318
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
XTO
0321
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
XTO
0322
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $252
XTO
0323
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent 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
0333
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0334
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0327
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0328
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0329
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent 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
0311
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $644
XTO
0312
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.

MUL
1653
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
1654
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
1655
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94

FELSINA BERARDENGA Rancia 2016
Chianti Classico Riserva
Estimate Per Bottle: 125-130

Rating: 96 points

The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia knocks it out of the park. Like the other new releases from Fèlsina, this pure expression of Sangiovese needs more time to evolve and improve with bottle age. But even at this young stage, you are made fully aware of the beautiful intensity and complexity of the quality fruit at its core. There is so much energy and tension here, further reinforced by the fresh acidity of the vintage. There are vibrant tones of wild cherry, raspberry and spice, followed up by white truffle and tilled earth.

MUL
1662
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
1659
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
8661
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8662
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8663
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8664
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8665
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8667
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83

MASSETO Merlot 2017
Merlot Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 1550-1600

Rating: 97 points

The Masseto 2017 Masseto puts on another exhilarating, knock-out performance for the third year in a row. The Masseto vineyard is a triangular-shaped plot tucked in at the back of the same property that houses the Ornellaia vineyards and winery. This special site is located at the base of the mountains that rise gently from the Tyrrhenian Sea, with the picturesque silhouette of the Castiglioncello castle at the top. The vines are planted at an altitude of 80 to 100 meters above sea level in blue clay soils that are unique to Bolgheri. That ideal position opens the vineyards to soft breezes, proximity to the sea, long daylight hours and cool diurnal shifts from the protective wall of low mountains at the back. It's a little garden of Merlot Eden. The center of the vineyard now is home to the new Masseto winery and an adjacent tasting room built into a pre-existing farmhouse. This wine was made in the old winery (the existing Ornellaia winery). Fermentation kicks off in a combination of steel and oak tanks before the wine is racked over to barrique, where it rests for two years. The wine then goes into bottle for 12 months before its release. Like most vintages of Masseto tasted this early in the game, the oak is omnipresent, and it grounds the wine in terms of texture and structure. It is powerful, but that's always the case with Masseto (this vintage records a 15.5% alcohol content). I tasted this wine next to the decidedly more playful Massetino, and the Masseto moves over the palate with substantial fruit weight and concentration gained over the course of this hot and dry growing season (which produced smaller, richer and more compact berries). Perhaps, what this vintage lacks is that profound varietal character that we saw in recent vintages like 2016 and 2015. If concerned that the hot vintage would draw out too many ripe fruit tones, the oak serves to soften some of the more volatile components of the fruit. Those distinctive notes of macchia mediterranea (wild bush) that I always associate with Masseto are less present in this vintage. You feel the oak tannins on the finish with toast and vanilla that will certainly shed as the wine ages. In fact, I went back to taste the wine 12 hours later, and they had already softened considerably. This 2017 vintage will be released in October 2020.

XSA
1509
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394
XSA
1504
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394
XSA
1503
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394

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
1459
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $111
MUL
1462
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $111

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
1533
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $284
XSA
1531
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $284
XSA
1532
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $284

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
1246
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
1247
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
1249
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $781

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2017
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

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: $323
ACC
9597
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $323
ACC
9598
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $323
ACC
9599
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $323
ACC
9600
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $323
ACC
9601
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $323

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
1452
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627
XSA
1456
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627
XSA
1450
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627

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
1404
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1406
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1403
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531

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
1421
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1423
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1422
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
1411
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1410
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1407
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
1417
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1416
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1415
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
1425
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1426
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1424
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619

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.

XFW
0766
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $271
XFW
0765
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
0742
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $337
XFW
0743
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
0736
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352
XFW
0738
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352
XFW
0732
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2006
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-670

Rating: 100 points

The lightest colored of the three whites, the 2006 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc is unquestionably one of the greatest white wines in the world today. Full-bodied, seamless, silky and yet hugely concentrated, with to-die-for notes of praline, caramelized fruits, liquid rock, toasted almonds and celery seed, it’s the quintessential Hermitage Blanc possessing an incredible amount of fruit and texture paired with elegance, purity and finesse.

XFW
0696
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $612
XFW
0700
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $612

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.

XFW
0693
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $407

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge 2012
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 100 points

Another wine that topped out on my scale, the 523-case 2012 Ermitage l'Ermite is as profound an Hermitage as you can find. Coming from the granite soils located around the Chapel on the top of Hermitage hill, it's always the most tight, backward and structured of the releases, even more so than the Pavillon, which always seems to have another layer of sweet fruit to me. The 2012 is deeper and richer than the 2011, yet as with most 2012s, it more approachable and forward than the 2010 (and 2009 in this case). Exhibiting awesome notes of powdered rock, creme de cassis, liquid violets and lite gunpowder, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, awesome mid-palate depth and building, ultra-fine tannin that frame the finish. It's an incredible wine that will won't start to become approachable until a decade after the vintage, and then will keep for three decades.

VAU
0096
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge 2017
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 100 points

The 2017 Ermitage l'Ermite is equally astounding but a completely different expression of Hermitage. Somehow this combines the reservedness of le Pavillon with the generosity of le Méal, resulting in a wine that I can only describe as perfect. The pristine cassis fruit is remarkably pure, joined by complex notes of crushed stone, salted licorice and the slightest hints of fine-grained oak. It's full-bodied, concentrated and velvety in texture, with oodles of chewy but ripe tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes.

XFW
0801
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $545
XFW
0800
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $545

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2014
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 320-340

Rating: 97 points

Similar in style to the hedonistically-styled Cuvee de l’Orée (especially when compared to the structured, mineral-laced l’Ermite), the 2014 Ermitage le Méal Blanc (aged in 10% new demi-muids) offers layers of celery seed, brioche, caramelized pineapple and citrus oil on the nose. Thick, rich, voluptuous and full bodied with a massive finish, drink this sensational white anytime over the coming two to three decades.

XFW
0796
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $274
XFW
0797
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $274

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2015
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 440-450

Rating: 100 points

Another perfect wine is the 2015 Ermitage le Meal Blanc. The most decadent, unctuous and layered in the lineup, with to-die-for notes of white currants, toasted nuts, celery seed and licorice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a huge mid-palate and a refreshing, pure, yet blockbuster finish that just won’t quit. If I had to pick a desert island white, this might be it.

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0723
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $381

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.

XFW
0722
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $322
XFW
0721
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.

XFW
0717
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $331
XFW
0716
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
0803
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $389
XFW
0802
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.

XFW
0799
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $398
XFW
0798
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
0763
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491
XFW
0762
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491
XFW
0755
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.

XFW
0665
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506
XFW
0666
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506
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0667
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506

M. CHAPOUTIER Le Clos Rouge 2017
Rouge Saint Joseph
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: 96 points

The 2017 Saint-Joseph Le Clos takes intensity and richness in Saint-Joseph to virtually another level. Loaded with dense, ripe fruit from its facing slopes, it should prove to be a great, long-lived wine. Plum and blueberry notes merge seamlessly with crushed stone to create a concentrated, full-bodied wine, with terrific structure and length. No, Michel, I'm not giving this 100 points, but it is darn good, among the best St. Joes I've ever tasted.

XFW
0824
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0827
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0826
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217

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.

XFW
0823
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0821
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0822
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent 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.

XFW
0804
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $235
XFW
0810
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $235
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0811
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.

XFW
0815
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
XFW
0812
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
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0814
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256

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
0082
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
MUL
0113
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
MUL
0286
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
MUL
0081
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
MUL
0058
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
MUL
0080
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340

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
0247
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1199
XDV
0249
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1199

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
1576
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0099
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0101
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541

CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2me Cru Classe 2005
2me Cru Classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 1600-1650

Rating: 98 points

Another titanic effort from the Delon family, the 2005 Leoville Las Cases is probably the greatest wine made at this estate since Jean-Hubert Delons father produced the 1986 and 1996. Only 37% of the production made it into the 2005, a blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with less than 13% Merlot and Cabernet Franc. An inky/ruby/purple color is accompanied by reticent aromatics that, with considerable coaxing, offer up subtle notes of toasty vanillin intermixed with lead pencil shavings, wet rocks, and enormously ripe, intense black cherry and creme de cassis. The wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel as well as enormous extract, concentration, and purity. This ageless, monumental claret requires a minimum of 15-20 years to approach maturity, and should last for a half century. It is about as classic a Leoville Las Cases as one will find. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060

XDV
0464
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1574

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
1575
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDW
1574
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0279
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0277
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0278
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564

CHATEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classe 2016
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

Rating: 100 points

Composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Mouton Rothschild has an opaque garnet-purple color. WOW—the nose explodes from the glass with powerful blackcurrant cordial, black raspberries, blueberry pie and melted chocolate notions, plus suggestions of aniseed, camphor, lifted kirsch and the faintest waft of a subtle floral perfume in the background. Full-bodied, concentrated, bold and totally seductive in the mouth, it has very fine-grained, silt-like tannins, while jam-packed with tightly wound fruit layers, finishing in this wonderful array of mineral sparks. Magic.

VAU
0097
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1160