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

Rating: 99 points

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

XBW
2438
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $664
XBW
2439
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $664

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

Rating: 96 points

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

XSA
0709
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939
XSA
0710
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939

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

Rating: 96 points

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

XSA
0716
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939
XSA
0712
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939

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

Rating: 97+ points

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

XSA
0718
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939
XSA
0717
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939

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

Rating: 96 points

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

XSA
0707
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $874
XSA
0706
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $874

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

Rating: 97 points

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

XDW
0321
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $279
XDW
0323
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $279

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

Rating: 98 points

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

DEV
0190
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $4140

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Brut 2002
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 98 points

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

XBW
0636
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $535
XBW
0762
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $535
XBW
2444
1 DOUBLE MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $13484
XBW
0564
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $535

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Brut 2012
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 350-360

Rating: 97+ points

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

XBW
2210
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $325
XBW
2209
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $325

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Rose 2009
Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 96+ points

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

XBW
0099
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $589
XBW
0063
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $589
XBW
0055
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $589

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

Rating: 98 points

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

XBW
2017
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $659
XBW
2019
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $659
XBW
2020
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $659

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

Rating: 97+ points

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

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

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2015
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-450

Rating: 100 points

The fitting capstone to what was a terrific vintage for Clarendon Hills, the 2015 Astralis Syrah is destined to become a McLaren Vale legend. Remarkably precise, complex and pristine aromas of anise, pepper, mint and blueberries lead the way. Theyre followed by a full-bodied yet impeccably ripe palate thats dense and concentrated yet supple, leading into a velvety, nearly endless finish. Wow.

JEL
0415
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273
JEL
0416
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273
JEL
0417
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273
JEL
0418
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273
JEL
0419
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273
JEL
0420
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273
EDD
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $251
EDD
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $251
EDD
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $251
EDD
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $251
EDD
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $251
EDD
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $251

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

Rating: 97+ points

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

BOT
0047
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $158
BOT
0048
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $158
BOT
0049
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $150
BOT
0050
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $150
BOT
0051
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $150
BOT
0090
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $144

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

Rating: 97 points

Medium brick in color, the 1990 Hill of Grace has a very pretty core of cherry cordial, violets, dried roses, cinnamon stick, anise and a whiff of pepper. Medium-bodied, it has great generosity in the mouth balanced by a nice acid line and a medium level of velvety tannins through the long finish. This one still has loads of life and should easily drink through 2025+.

XHO
0357
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $924

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

Rating: 98 points

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

XHO
0359
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $829

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

Rating: 98+ points

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

XHO
0277
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XHO
0278
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XHO
0270
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XHO
0267
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XHO
0264
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XHO
0265
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749

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

Rating: 97 points

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

XHO
0124
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XHO
0122
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217

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

Rating: 96 points

Still a bit tight and cedary, the 2013 Mount Edelstone Shiraz could use a couple of more years to flesh out and round into form. Sage and blackberry notes predominate in this full-bodied, concentrated and richly tannic offering. It still comes across as slightly drying on the finish, but its velvety, and the fruit comes through at the end, so dont hesitate to hold onto this for a decade or more.

XHO
0129
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XHO
0127
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XHO
0128
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169

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

Rating: 96 points

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

XLE
0761
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0762
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0760
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0759
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0749
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0751
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $109

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

Rating: 99 points

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

BNS
0002
1 BOTTLE High shoulderCurrent Bid: $13560

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

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.

AND
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $500

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

Rating: 98+ points

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

PAU
0071
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $554
131
0037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $418
HOL
0550
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $418

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 99 points

The 2004 vintage was outstanding in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Magill, the regions where the grapes were sourced for the marvelous 2004 Grange. It contains 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 16 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays a superb nose of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Medium to full-bodied, satin textured, with deeply layered, succulent blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors, it has the structure and complexity to merit extended cellaring of a decade and more. The winery estimates a drinking curve of 2016 to 2050; Id be a bit more conservative on the long end of the range. It will ultimately be seen as one of the great vintages of Grange.

PAU
0067
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $554

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

Rating: 97 points

Containing just a dollop of 4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Grange is about 85%+ Barossa fruit with the remaining proportions coming from McLaren vale and Coonawarra. It was aged for 18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. The nose begins a bit animal with some smoked game, mincemeat and bacon notes emerging over the freshly crushed, sun-warmed blackberries, black currant cordial, earth, black truffles, anise and allspice. Rich and full with very firm very fine tannins and very crisp acid, it gives a long finish layered with coffee, mincemeat and toast. Drink it 2013 to 2025+.

PAU
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $554
PAU
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $554
PAU
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $554
PAU
0065
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $554

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

Rating: 100 points

Very deep garnet-purple in color the 2008 Grange reveals a truly decadent nose with tons of spices, fruit cake and black & blue fruit compote notes along with nuances of chocolate and potpourri. The full and rich, multi-layered palate has a little oak still showing, it is going through a little bit of a structural stand-out stage, but it doesnt detract on the long and complex finish. It still needs a good few years to develop, though this very opulent, expressive Grange shows the very best of this vintage and the vineyards it hails from.

BOT
0017
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $594
BOT
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $594
BOT
0022
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $586
BOT
0023
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $586
BOT
0024
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $586
BOT
0025
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $586

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

Rating: 97 points

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

DEH
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
ADA
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
ADA
0022
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
ADA
0023
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
ADA
0024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
ADA
0025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
ADA
0026
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2500-2600

Rating: 96 points

Medium brick colored, the 1971 Grange opens with touches of aldehyde / bottle-stink to begin over a core of fruit cake, leather, potpourri, game and sandalwood. With an elegant light to medium-body, the palate blossoms into incredible spice box, anise and mincemeat notes - wonderful multi-layered flavors – supported by a good backbone of remaining fine-grained tannins and lively acid. Its a classic Grange in terms of construction, though a little atypical considering its pretty rather than powerful nature.

SKO
0029
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2018, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1832
CH9
0090
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2014, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1046
SHA
0001
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $720
SHA
0002
1 BOTTLE High shoulder & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $720

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

Rating: 97 points

The 1981 stood out as slightly superior. Winemaker John Duval always felt this was a tannic style of Grange, but the wine has shed its tannins, and this is one of the few vintages where the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon was above 10%. Sweet notes of creme de cassis, cedarwood, charcoal, and barbecue spices are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine displaying heady amounts of alcohol, glycerin, and density in its full-bodied, skyscraper-like texture. I was drinking this wine with great pleasure in the mid-nineties, yet here it is nearly 15 years later, and the wine does not appear to have budged much from its evolutionary state. This is a testament to how remarkably well these wines hold up, and age at such a glacial pace.

NIK
0029
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $800

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

Rating: 97 points

The 1982 is another superb example of that. One of the jammiest, most precocious Granges when it was released, it has never gone through a closed stage and continues to drink beautifully. A full-bodied, opulent Grange, it reveals an inky/purple color to the rim as well as a beautiful nose of crushed blueberries, blackberries, smoke, toast, roasted herbs, and road tar. This dense, plush, expansive, seamless, seductive 1982 has not changed much since I had it nearly a decade ago.

OAK
0309
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 1993 & 2004, re-labelled by Penfolds in 1993Current Bid: $880
MIC
0173
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $791
MIC
0174
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $700
MIC
0175
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006Current Bid: $700
MIC
0176
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006Current Bid: $732
MIC
0177
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006Current Bid: $700
MIC
0178
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2006Current Bid: $700
HOL
0553
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $514
MK5
0009
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $640
OAK
0331
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, label damage, re-labelled by Penfolds in September 1993Current Bid: $640

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

Rating: 96 points

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

PAS
0238
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112
PAS
0239
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112
PAS
0230
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112
PAS
0231
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112
PAS
0232
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112
PAS
0233
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112

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

Rating: 97 points

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

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

THE STANDISH WINE COMPANY The Standish Single Vineyard Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 96+ points

Produced from 98-year-old vines yielding just 0.5 tons to the acre, the 2009 The Standish Shiraz was matured for 25 months in French barriques, 25-30% new. Deep purple black in color, its youthfully restrained on the nose, giving very pure and superbly defined black currant, blackberry and violet aromas over hints of mocha, toast, yeast extract, allspice and underbrush. Very rich, concentrated and muscular on the full bodied palate, it is finely structured with a medium to firm level of fine-grained tannins and medium to high acid, finishing with lingering notes of baking spices. It should drink best 2014 to 2024.

EST
0139
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $88

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

Rating: 96 points

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

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

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

Rating: 96 points

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

XTO
0268
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98
XTO
0269
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98
XTO
0267
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $98

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

Rating: 98 points

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

XTO
0266
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157
XTO
0264
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157
XTO
0263
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $157

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

Rating: 97+ points

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

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

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

Rating: 98 points

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

XTO
0178
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0177
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0164
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
ACC
7738
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214

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

Rating: 97 points

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

XTO
0270
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $624

FELSINA BERARDENGA Fontalloro Sangiovese 2015
Sangiovese Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 97 points

The 2015 Fontalloro is a landmark achievement. The bouquet strikes out with immediate complexity. It dangles aromas of black cherry, spice, tar, forest floor, wild rose and campfire ash in front of your nose with seductive allure. The unified presentation and delivery of all those aromas is profound and impressive. This edition of Fontalloro is exceptionally smooth and silky in texture and this is surely linked to the ripe, soft and finely textured fruit produced in this vintage. This is a pure expression of Sangiovese that is aged in barrique for up to 22 months. Some 30,000 bottles were produced.

MUL
0369
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
0367
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
0364
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94

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

Rating: 96 points

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

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

XDV
0245
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $739

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2015
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-620

Rating: 99+ points

With approximately 500 cases produced, the 2015 Hermitage les Bessards is probably among the most available of the vintages top wines. Jump on it if your means allow, as I suspect this wine will be a candidate for perfection once it sheds some tannin. Its perfumed on the nose, concentrated on the palate and amazingly long yet also elegant from start to finish. And amid the power, oak and massive cassis and blackberry fruit, it also manages to include hints of crushed stone evocative of its granitic terroir. Its breathtaking stuff, virtually guaranteed to bring a smile to any wine lovers face.

XDW
0479
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $579

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

Rating: 97 points

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

XSA
0875
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491

JL CHAVE 2012
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 96 points

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

XNE
0134
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614
XNE
0086
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614

JL CHAVE 2014
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: (94 - 96) points

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

XNE
0084
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $724
XNE
0081
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $724

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
1460
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1457
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1458
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1464
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1462
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356
MUL
1463
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $356

CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) 2006
1er Grand Cru Classe (A) Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 1600-1650

Rating: 97 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château Cheval Blanc is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc. It has the most floral bouquet of the four Serié A Grand Cru Classé: an explosion of crushed violets and potpourri, hints of leather and cigar box, the Cabernet Franc clearly lending this complexity and character. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels wonderfully structured and comes with an insistent grip that coats the mouth. This is backward and almost surly, but you have to stand back and admire the precision and arching structure on the mineral-rich finish. Top-dog Saint Emilion? Thats for sure. Tasted January 2016.

XNE
0015
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1574

CHATEAU GAZIN 2009
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-260

Rating: 96 points

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

PAS
0116
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
PAS
0117
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
PAS
0120
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192

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.

XNE
0019
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1159

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
0070
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $524
XNE
0058
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $524

CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2003
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 96 points

A killer wine (Im so sorry I didnt buy any), the 2003 La Mondotte is clearly one of the superstars of the vintage. An intriguing perfume of licorice, Asian soy, black currant jam, ripe cherries and subtle toast emerges from this extravagantly rich, voluptuously textured, opulent, full-bodied St.-Emilion. Just coming in to full maturity, it is pure, rich and full. Drink it over the next decade or more.

XDV
0114
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0116
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541

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

Rating: 99 points

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

XSA
0681
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1409
XSA
0678
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1409

CHATEAU LATOUR 1er Cru Classe 2005
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 2200-2300

Rating: 98+ points

2005 was a very dry, warm and sunny vintage, causing vine stress in some areas of Bordeaux. Harvested from September 26 to October 6, the tannin/IPT levels were very high this year. The 2005 Latour is blended of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. It is the biggest surprise of this tasting—until now, the wine was relatively closed and broody, but today the wine is just starting to reveal its personality—and what a stunner! Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with provocative floral scents of roses and violets over a core of fresh blackcurrants, chocolate-covered cherries and black raspberries with hints of fertile loam, unsmoked cigars and black tea. Medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and packed with muscular fruit, it has an epically long, savory finish sparked by floral notes. 12,000 cases were made.

GAR
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $862
GAR
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $862

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
1288
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $559