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With thousands of varieties of grapes around the world, and many countries entering the wine market with unique flavours, you shouldn’t limit yourself to serving a favourite wine over and over again. Come in to the Wine Cavern to learn about what’s new– whether it’s a bright, light wine from the Niagara Peninsula or the latest arrivals from New Zealand, Chile or France. Our inventory of beers, Scotch and accessories and gift items is also constantly refreshed so your visit to the Wine Cavern will always be an adventure.

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2016 Standish • The Relic Shiraz-Viognier  Rating: 99 New

Everything about Standish's 2016 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier is remarkable, starting with the ridiculous colour. It's so dark, so purple, so vibrant. Then the nose boasts soaring florals and stone fruits, while the palate delivers fresh blueberries and dried spices. It's full-bodied but creamy-textured, with supple tannins and concentrated fruit that lingers on the plush finish. Just awesome stuff.

2016 Standish • The Standish Shiraz  Rating: 99 New

Dan's 2016 The Standish Shiraz comes from a vineyard in the Greenock sub-region. It's inky in colour, loaded with plum, blueberry and raspberry fruit. Full-bodied, creamy-textured and rich, it's intense, concentrated and long beyond belief, picking up hints of licorice along the way. Nearly embryonic, it will need at least a couple of years to show more than the primary fruit.

2016 Standish • The Schubert Theorem Shiraz  Rating: 98 New

From a Marananga vineyard, Standish's 2016 The Schubert Theorem Shiraz is even darker hued than The Relic. Blueberries, licorice and violets appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and creamy-textured, growing more tannic and savoury on the nearly endless finish. Monolithic and young, give this at least a couple of years to become more approachable.

2015 Nicolet • Rasteau les Esqueyrons Rating: 92-95 New

The flagship Cuvee is the 2015 Rasteau les Esqueyrons, and it’s made from equal parts Grenache and Syrah that had the Grenache aged in tank and the Syrah in once-used barrels. Its inky colour is followed by a killer bouquet of ripe black cherries, blueberries, licorice and peppery herbs. Deep, ripe, full-bodied and with fabulous purity, it has ripe tannin and a great finish. This is a serious wine that should be snatched up by Southern Rhône lovers.

2015 Nicolet • Rasteau les Esqueyrons Rating: 92-95 New

The flagship Cuvee is the 2015 Rasteau les Esqueyrons, and it’s made from equal parts Grenache and Syrah that had the Grenache aged in tank and the Syrah in once-used barrels. Its inky colour is followed by a killer bouquet of ripe black cherries, blueberries, licorice and peppery herbs. Deep, ripe, full-bodied and with fabulous purity, it has ripe tannin and a great finish. This is a serious wine that should be snatched up by Southern Rhône lovers.

2015 Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau 1921   Rating: 92 New

The rich, concentrated 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau 1921 aged in demi-muids and finished in concrete. From a vineyard planted in 1921, it's 90% Grenache, with the remainder Mourvèdre and Carignan. Deep and dark, it offers notes of plums, blueberries and mocha, a full-bodied, supple mouthfeel, and a long, licorice-tinged finish. It should drink well for a decade.

2015 Aphillanthes Rhone Villages Cuvee Trois Cepages  Rating: 93 New

The 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvee Trois Cepages (equal parts Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre) is another terrific wine that’s loaded with potential. Blueberries, blackcurrants, Provencal garrigue and licorice all emerge from this full-bodied, mouth-filling, plump and decadent beauty that should drink nicely for 7-8 years.

2017 Pascual Toso • Alta Malbec Rating: 92 New

The 2017 Alta Malbec showed a little bit of oak intermixed with notes of ripe fruit without excess, spices and smoke and fresh cherries and wild berries with a herbal touch. The palate was medium-bodied with fine tannins and good freshness and balance.

2012 Numanthia • Termanthia New

Termanthia has a fragrant bouquet of dark berries, mulberry, juniper and lavender, with vanilla-tinged notes emanating from the oak. The palate is full-bodied with firm but quite fine tannins, plus a fine sense of symmetry. It is very sweet with plenty of candied orange peel and even a hint of molasses towards the succulent, fleshy, slightly spicy finish.

2016 Bibi Graetz • Testamatta  Rating: 96 New

There is an inescapable metaphor in the many primary colours that blend or bleed into each other to form a single piece of art that is depicted on the front label of this handsome bottle. Testamatta reaches impeccable harmony in a similar fashion. I tasted this wine on three separate occasions and was blown away each time. There is a seductively wild side to the wine that comes forth with chiselled intensity. Dark fruit, spice, tar, licorice and toasted spice make for a beautifully elegant bouquet. The mouthfeel remains mid-weight in approach, with polished tannins and a tightly knit texture that should relax and grow in volume as the wine evolves in the bottle.

2014 Precious Syrah   Sale was $59.99  New

 Exotic aromas of exuberant black and blue fruits, tobacco, smoky minerals, incense and Indian spices. Plump and juicy, with deep, sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors, soft tannins and sweet vanilla and mocha qualities. A velvety palate-stainer with excellent finishing breadth and persistence.

2012/15/16 Reillys Stolen Block Shiraz   Sale was $44.99

Totally opaque inky black colour with a very dark red black tinged hue. Scented aromas of liquorice and ripe blackberries are intermixed with dark chocolate followed by vanillin oak and spice. Large scaled, decadently rich and opulently textured the palate boasts a sumptuous flavour profile of liquorice, ripe blackberries and dark chocolate over a background of vanillin oak, subtle earthiness and spice. Excellent power and concentration with a long lush aftertaste of ripe blackberries, liquorice, dark chocolate and spicy vanillin oak.

2015 Two Hands Lilly's Shiraz  New

2012 NBV Shiraz   Sale was $69.99   Rating: 94

Deep purple-black in colour, rich, powerful blackberries, chocolate and Christmas cake. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it delivers loads of flavour layers and lovely ripe, rounded tannins, long multi-layered finish.

2013/14 NBV Shiraz Sale was $69.99  Rating: 92

Deep purple-black in colour, the 2013 North Barossa Vintners Shiraz exudes warm blackberries, black cherries and licorice with a waft of dark chocolate. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it delivers loads of flavour layers and lovely ripe, rounded tannins, finishing long.

2015 NBV Shiraz   Sale was $69.99   NEW

2013/14 Chris Ringland • The Reservation Shiraz  Sale was $69.99

The Reservation Shiraz is actually the same wine as the North Barossa Vintners Shiraz, but with less time in barrel—about six months less maturation time.  Possessing vibrant crushed blueberries and blackberries notes, with a floral and anise undercurrent. Big, rich and bold in the mouth, it has a really taut backbone and firm, muscular fruit, finishing long.

2015 Chris Ringland The Reservation Shiraz  Sale was $69.99 NEW

2012 Reillys RCV Pressing Shiraz Sale was $69.99

Black as a starless night; you not only get 17% alcohol but 91-year-old vines, 23 months in new French oak and 100% pressings. Aromatic profile of liquorice, dark plums and chocolate over vanillin cedar and spice. The big, rich, full-bodied palate has lavishly textured flavours of liquorice, dark plum and blackberries filling the mouth over nuances of vanillin cedar, chocolate and spice.

2012 Kooky Village Shiraz

Intense ripe blackberry, dark plum and liquorice aromas rise out of the glass followed by hints of dark chocolate, vanillin oak, subtle scorched earth and spice. Decadently rich, a blast of opulently textured ripe blackberries, liquorice, black cherries and dark plum on the finish.


2012 Chris Ringland • Dimchurch Shiraz Rating: 94

Scents of crushed blueberries and black cherries, plus dried Provence herbs, Sichuan pepper, anise, cloves and mocha. Full-bodied mouth with a firm, tannic backbone and a wonderfully long, layered finish. 


2012 Chris Ringland • Dimchurch Shiraz 1.5l  Rating: 94

Scents of crushed blueberries and black cherries, plus dried Provence herbs, Sichuan pepper, anise, cloves and mocha. Full-bodied mouth with a firm, tannic backbone and a wonderfully long, layered finish. 


2006 Chris Ringland Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz

Aromas of cedar, tar, liquorice and blueberries. Full-bodied with great depth. A powerful 16%+ alcohol wine. Medium levels of velvety tannins and balanced acid through a long finish. Rating: 94.


2008 Chris Ringland • Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz  Rating:  96+

Layers of dried mulberries, espresso, incense, licorice, coffee, smoked meat. Incredibly big, densely packed and rich. This very concentrated 17%+ alcohol wine shows medium levels of chewy tannins.


2009 Chris Ringland • Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz  Rating: 92    

Offers notes of baked berries, cherry cordial, blackberry pie and Indian spices, with hints of mincemeat, aniseed and dried herbs. Very full-bodied . Chewy tannins and spices in the finish.


2010 Chris Ringland • Hoffmann  Rating: 99+  

Deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2010 Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz possesses an extraordinary nose of cassis, crushed blackberries, earth, Bovril and yeast extract with licorice, spice box and dried herbs hints. Full-bodied, rich and densely packed, with a lovely backbone of ripe tannins and great freshness, the long finish here is just incredible. A true "wow" wine, this complex beauty certainly has the potential to hit "perfection" with a little more time in bottle. 


2010 Chris Ringland • Hoffmann  1.5L  Rating: 99+  

Deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2010 Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz possesses an extraordinary nose of cassis, crushed blackberries, earth, Bovril and yeast extract with licorice, spice box and dried herbs hints. Full-bodied, rich and densely packed, with a lovely backbone of ripe tannins and great freshness, the long finish here is just incredible. A"wow" wine, this complex beauty certainly has the potential to hit "perfection" with a little more time in the bottle. 


2002 Chris Ringland (formerly Three Rivers) • Shiraz  Rating: 100

The 2002 Chris Ringland Shiraz comes from a great vintage Ringland likens to 1991, 1996, and 1998. It is a more saturated colour than the 2001 with a superb perfume of Asian spices, game, bacon, lavender, and blueberry compote. Plush, succulent, and powerful, it will age effortlessly for a decade and provide enjoyment through 2027.


2003 Chris Ringland (formerly Three Rivers) • Shiraz   Rating: 97

The 2003 Chris Ringland Shiraz has according to Ringland, "changed dramatically in the last year, getting denser". Nevertheless, it is not as saturated in colour as the two previous vintages and is more advanced in its development. It is still a brilliant wine with glorious aromatics including spice box, fruitcake, dried fruits, and blueberry preserves. Savoury, ripe, and elegant on the palate despite its size, it should be cellared for another 5 years and will give pleasure through 2023.


2012 Two Hands • Shiraz Barney's Block Mcmurtrie Road

2013 Two Hands • Shiraz Barney's Block Mcmurtrie Road  Rating: 95 

Deep garnet/purple, the single-vineyard 2013 Shiraz Barney's Block Mcmurtrie Road opens to a warm blackcurrants, black plums and blackberry preserves nose with hints of licorice, dark chocolate, cloves and cinnamon stick with a whiff of violets. Big, rich and full-bodied in the mouth, it is jammed full of concentrated flavours and structured by firm, grainy tannins. It finishes long with some oak poking thru. It needs time.


2015 Two Hands Shiraz Dave's Block  NEW

 

2015 Two Hands Shiraz Holy Grail  NEW

 

2015 Two Hands Shiraz Wazza's Block  NEW


2008 Jim Barry • Shiraz The Armagh   Rating: 94

Notes of kirsch, warm black cherry, black raspberry and mulberry with overtones of pepper and spice and a bit of truffle and mocha. Slightly prune-like on the palate, it is rich with lively acid and firm, velvety tannins. 


2005 Jim Barry • Shiraz The Armagh   Rating: 96

Presents enticing smoked meat, black currant preserves and dried mulberries on the nose complemented by notes of charcoal, mocha, nuts and spices making it overall a little funky. Medium to full-bodied with rich, savoury fruit concentration. Accompanied by medium to firm, grainy tannins. Long finish. 


2004 Torbreck • The Factor Rating: 97  3L $1333.09  6L 

Made from 100% Shiraz that spent 24 months in French oak (30% new), The Factor offers up gorgeously pure blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with smoke, bacon fat, camphor, and graphite. Silky smooth. 


2012 Torbreck • The Laird  Rating: 100

Deep garnet coloured with a touch of remaining purple at the rim, the 2012 The Laird is one of those wines you could just go on smelling all day. It opens with a complex perfume of kirsch, dried mulberries, blackberry tart and spice cake over cloves, mocha, dusty earth, incense, star anise, yeast extract and aged beef. The full-bodied palate is drop-dead seductive, unfurling in the mouth to reveal exotic spice, meat, earth and berry preserve layers, supported by firm, velvety tannins and seamless acid. 


2004 Torbreck • The Struie  Rating: 96  3L $599.7  6L

Half of the fruit is from the Eden Valley and half from the Barossa, and the wine spends 18 months in French oak. An exotic bouquet of blackberries and other sweet fruits is followed by a full-bodied, powerful, rich red with great purity as well as focus, a laser-like precision, huge intensity, and a blockbuster finish that lasts nearly a minute. It will be even better with 2-3 more years of bottle age, and should last for two decades. 

2006 Torbreck • The Struie  Rating: 92  3L $599.76  6L 

Opaque purple-coloured, it delivers a striking bouquet of lead pencil, game, mineral, blueberry compote, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a focused, elegant Shiraz with a plush texture, outstanding depth and grip, and 5-7 years of aging potential. It should drink well through 2026. 


2010 Penfolds • Grange  Rating: 99

Deep purple-black in colour, 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. 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. Rating: 99 


2012 Penfolds • Grange  Rating: 99  

Very deep purple-black in colour, it opens on the nose with complex earthy/meaty/savoury notes, soon giving way to baked blackberries, plum preserves, hoisin and Chinese five-spice with dabs of sandalwood, licorice, menthol and vanilla. The palate reveals an open, rich, full-bodied expression exuding a velvet-lined decadence. Still, it possesses that rock-solid “Grange” backbone of firm tannins and great freshness expressed in a real lively lift to the finish. 


2010 Henschke • Shiraz Hill of Grace  Rating: 99 

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


2012 Henschke • Shiraz Hill of Grace  Rating: 99 

Medium to deep garnet coloured, the 2012 Hill of Grace Shiraz is a little reticent on the nose to begin, opening out to a somewhat paradoxically tantalizing Black Forest cake, beef dripping, fertile loam and tree bark nose with hints of black pepper, Marmite, bay leaves, eucalyptus, licorice and baker’s chocolate. The medium to full-bodied palate is a wonderfully intricate mélange of mineral, savoury, dark fruits and spice layers, framed by velvety tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing epically. This is a truly great Hill of Grace that has just entered the first stage of its drinking window and should continue to develop beautifully over the next 25+ years.


2015 Janasse • Chat. du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Rating: 98

The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is a tour de force. Raspberry and apricot-scented fruit, rich chocolate notes and an incredible whirlwind of spice are delivered in this full-bodied wine that shows no heat, just waves of flavour. It should drink well for 20 years or more. 


2015 Janasse • Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin  Rating: 96

The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin is all Grenache, 40% whole cluster, aged in two-thirds foudre and one-third demi-muids and drawn exclusively from sandy sites. It showcases an incredibly lush, silky fruit. Raspberries and cherries of incredible purity add hints of chocolate on the long finish but never seem heavy or warm. 


2016 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles NEW Rating: 97+

The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is a blend of approximately 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 8% Syrah and the rest other permitted varieties. Tarry and deep on the nose, it delivers waves of blackberries and black cherries on the palate, framing those flavours with plenty of richness, layers of silky tannins and a long, elegant finish.


2016 Janasse • Chateauneuf du Pape  NEW Rating: 93

The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits more dark fruit than I would've expected, with black cherries, black olives and tar all mingling on the nose. In the mouth, the blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault is full-bodied, rich and velvety, with a lush, lingering finish.


2015 Clos Saint Jean • Chat. du Pape Deus Ex Machina Rating: 97

A blend of 60% Grenache aged in concrete and 40% Mourvèdre aged in new barriques, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina is a modern-day monster. This is rich and powerfully concentrated, loaded with scents of vanilla and baking spices, yet it also possesses masses of red fruit (raspberries, cherries and plums), a wonderfully creamy and intense mid-palate and a long finish. It completely hides its no-doubt considerable alcohol. 


2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Amirnal  NEW RATING: 97 Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Amirnal is based all on Grenache and comes from a single plot of very old Grenache vines (all rolled stone sails) that was destemmed and brought up in demi-muids. Just screaming "Grenache!" at the top of its lungs with its sweet bouquet of black raspberries, candied violets. baking spices, and crushed rock-like minerality, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness and density, a weightless texture, no hard edges, and awesome length. It is a sensational, borderline perfect wine that has everything you want from a bottle of wine. 


2006 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino 3L  Rating: 90

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is an attractive entry-level wine. Dark red berries, crushed flowers, licorice and mint are some of the nuances that emerge from this fleshy, mid-weight offering. The aromas and flavours are decidedly on the ripe side of the spectrum in the racy 2006, but the intensity of the fruit covers the tannins nicely, making this an attractive wine for near-term pleasure. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.


2012 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino  Rating: 95+

From the second the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino pours into the glass, you know you are in for something special. The wine is darkly saturated and rich in appearance. This is a healthy, generous and exuberant Brunello with dark density and succulent fruit flavours that are followed by integrated spice and tobacco. The balance is impressive and one thing you get here is fresh acidity. This is not to be underestimated, because the acidity quota in the 2012 vintage across the appellation is not as high or evident as usual. This is one of the year's best Brunellos.


2012 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino  1.5L Rating: 95+

 

2012 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 3L  Rating: 95+

 

2012 Il Poggione Brunello Riserva  Rating: 95

Here's a beautifully rich and succulent Brunello that drinks very nicely straight out of the gate. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli delivers a warm, inviting and velvety presentation. This bold wine is redolent of black cherry and dried blackberry with sweet almond, toasted spice and balsam herb on the long finish. What stands out most, however, is the wine's rich texture that floods the mouth from front to back. That richness is fueled by the warmth of the vintage but also by the magnificent oak integration. This Riserva is aged in botti grandi for four long years.


2012 Il Poggione Brunello Riserva 1.5L  Rating: 95

 

2012 Il Poggione Brunello Riserva  3L  Rating: 95


2015 Il Poggione Brunello  Rating: 97  New

The Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a darker and more concentrated appearance than many of its peers. The wine is beautifully abundant and fragrant in the most exuberant and expressive manner. You will recognize aromas of moist soil, tobacco and smoke. Candied cherry hovers over the entire bouquet. Fruit is sourced from older vines (all over 25 years old). Il Poggione occupies a special spot within the Montalcino appellation, and the area always produces slightly more concentrated and powerful wines. I find that to be particularly true in this gorgeous 2015 vintage. I am also very attracted to that almost dusty note of crushed mineral that rides long on the full-bodied finish.


2013 Castello Romitorio • Brunello di Montalcino Rating: 93+ NEW

Castello Romitorio's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a dark ruby color with beautiful garnet-like intensity. The bouquet offers similar stamina and vigor, with thick layers of dark cherry and blackberry. Spice, tobacco and cola also play big roles in this ensemble. The bouquet ultimately offers more immediacy than the mouthfeel, which is still tightly wound and compact at this young stage in the wine's life.


2015 Castello Romitorio • Brunello di Montalcino  Rating: 95 New

The Castello Romitorio 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is a suave and supple expression that shows a slightly more opulent texture compared to many of its peers. The Castello Romitorio vineyards tend to be cool, both in terms of exposure and soils, and the estate shows its best results in a warm and sunny vintage exactly like 2015. You taste the natural richness and exuberance of the fruit, with variety-specific elements of wild cherry, blue flowers and soft earth. The house style prizes more width and latitude in terms of mouthfeel.


2007 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Riserva   Rating: 94

The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina d’Oro is big, rich and seamless. The wine had just been bottled the day of my visit, but it is very promising, even at this early stage.


2010 Ciacci Piccolomini • Brunello di Montalcino  Rating: 94+

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino represents a return to the traditional values of Montalcino. The bouquet is buoyant and bright with lingering tones of smoke, ash, balsam herb, licorice and soy sauce. Those kinds of aromas make Brunello such a wonderful wine and thankfully you get them in abundance here. Dry mineral and brimstone also give the wine a sense of focus, sharpness and cleanliness that is very appealing.

 

2011 Ciacci Piccolomini • Brunello di Montalcino  Rating: 93

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a very beautiful wine that shows a fraction of good things to come. Very fruit-driven at the moment, it should flesh out further with time. Evident fruit underlines the warm growing conditions of this vintage. You get dark cherry, raspberry, dried strawberry and plum. The bouquet doesn't feel overripe per se, but you definitely get a taste of the warm growing season. This Brunello begins to reveal spice, herb, cola, tar and black licorice.


2012 Ciacci Piccolomini • Brunello di Montalcino  Rating: 93

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully finessed and elegant wine. It offers a very pleasing sense of balance in which no one characteristic overpowers the next. A dark ruby appearance gives the wine an open and inviting personality. The bouquet produces a subtle medley of wild berry, blueberry, underbrush and toasted almond aromas. The mouthfeel is lean, but it also shows polished and silky persistence. 


2013 Ciacci Piccolomini • Brunello di Montalcino  Rating: 94

This wine initially comes off as more somber, brooding and dark in personality. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino takes a few moments in the glass before it starts to relax and grow in volume and context. Before long, opulent tones of black fruit, spice and pipe tobacco.


2015 Ciacci Piccolomini  • Brunello di Montalcino  Rating: 95

The Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona estate enjoys a beautiful and huge expanse of vineyards at the back of the Castelnuovo dell'Abate village, where the downward slope of the hamlet meets the Orcia River, which delineates the appellation border. The estate's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers lovely harmony and elegance. The wine's taste profile follows the soft contours and beautiful horizons that characterize this beautiful part of Tuscany. The mouthfeel is medium-weight but carefully balanced with just enough acidity to add brightness. It shows just enough backbone to guarantee staying power and longevity. That said, the tannins are carefully integrated into the delicate fiber of the wine. This is no doubt one of the most graceful Brunellos to emerge from the 2015 vintage. Some 74,500 bottles were released in January 2020


2012 Robert Foley Vineyards • Cabernet Sauvignon  Rating: 95

The delicious, fruit-forward, dense purple-coloured 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits plenty of roasted espresso notes intermixed with cassis, chocolate and toasty oak. Opulent, full-bodied and unctuously textured, it should continue to drink well for 10-12 years. 


2013 Robert Foley Vineyards • Cabernet Sauvignon  Rating: 98

Equally impressive is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak and Calistoga. Opaque purple to the rim, with beautiful notes of charcoal embers, melted road tar, truffle, blackberry and cassis, this big, unctuously textured, full-bodied wine has incredible density and richness, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a phenomenal finish. It is young but undeniably impressive. Give it another 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades-plus. 


2015 Robert Foley Vineyards Petite Sirah

2010 Achaval Malbec Finca Altamira  Rating: 93  

Finca Altamira comes from 10 acres of old vines in La Consulta, with some that are 80 years old that is aged in 90% French and 10% American oak.The 2010 Finca Altamira is raised entirely in new French oak. It has a lifted bouquet with blackberry, graphite, a touch of soy and crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, fine tannins and great balance. 


2010 Achaval Malbec Finca Bella Vista  Rating: 93  

Fermented in cement and aged for 16 months in new French barriques from the Mercurey cooperage, it has a sublime bouquet of blackberry, briary, woodland aromas and sous-bois that is all succinctly defined. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, fine tannins surrounding a core of pure blackberry and wild strawberry fruit, interlaced by lemon rind and dark chocolate towards the controlled, refined finish. 


2010 Achaval Malbec Finca Mirador  Rating: 95  

The vines in Finca Mirador were planted half in 1928 and a half in 1942, the latter pruned double-Guyot. The 2010 Finca Mirador is from the Medrano sub-region, originating from heavier, clayey soils and aged in new French barrels for 16 months. The nose is more expressive than the Finca Bella Vista with cassis and blueberry aromas imbued with a sorbet-like freshness and vivacity. After 20 minutes, there is an estuarine, oyster shell scent emerging. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and a surprising sense of reserve and sophistication that could probably show Bordeaux a few lessons in restraint! It draws you into its complexity and its precise, delineated finish of black currant pastille, sea salt and crushed stone that lingers long in the mouth. This is an outstanding Argentinean Malbec. Drink 2016-2035. 


2012 Alto Moncayo  Rating: 92

The 2012 Alto Moncayo, pure Garnacha from a warm, extremely dry and early vintage is extremely young and oaky with a nose full of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and smoke along with ripe blackberries, some cereal hints and notes of café au lait intermixed with quite a lot of toasts aromas from the barrel. The bottled wine is 16% alcohol but feels quite balanced, it has some grainy tannins to be resolved, and some oak flavours to be integrated. A ripe, rich Garnacha that should age well in bottle. There were 55,200 bottles produced in 2012.


2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia • Ornellaia  3L  Rating:96

The 2001 Ornellaia is easily the finest in the history of the estate, warm and spicy on the nose with superbly focused plum and black currant fruit, much complexity and elegance in its concentrated and supple body, and a velvety. 


2006 Marchesi Antinori • Tignanello 3L Rating: 92

The 2006 Tignanello is especially opulent in this vintage. Masses of dark red fruit, scorched earth and sweet oak emerge as this richly-textured Tignanello flows from the glass. The wine possesses superb density; all it needs is another few years to come together. Today it is remarkably vibrant and primary. Tignanello is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. 


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