Mixed Case lot - please see individual item description
This lot contains the following items:
2009 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (qty: 1)
2009 Beauguerit, Cotes de Bourg (qty: 1)
2009 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion (qty: 1)
2009 Clos des Jacobins, St-Emilion (qty: 1)
2009 Clos Marsalette, Pessac-Léognan (qty: 1)
2009 Franc Mayne, St-Emilion (qty: 1)
2009 La Fleur Boireau, Montagne St.-Emilion (qty: 1)
2009 La Fleur Grands Landes, Montagne St.-Emilion (qty: 1)
2009 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (qty: 2)
2009 Larmande, St-Emilion (qty: 1)
2009 Le Prieuré, St-Emilion (qty: 1)
2009 l'Etoile de Bergey Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (qty: 1)
2009 Pierre de Lune, St.-Emilion (qty: 1)
2009 Tablas Creek "En Gobelet" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (qty: 1)
2009 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (qty: 2)
2009 Turley "Duarte" Contra Costa County Zinfandel (qty: 1)
2009 Turley "Dusi" Paso Robles Zinfandel (qty: 2)
2009 Turley "Mead Ranch" Atlas Peak Zinfandel (qty: 1)
2009 Turley "Old Vines" California Zinfandel (qty: 2)
2009 Villars, Fronsac (qty: 1)
Made from tiny yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare (May hail damage resulted in this small crop), the opaque purple-colored 2009 reveals an extraordinary nose of mulberries, black cherries, charcoal, barbecue smoke and forest floor. Rich, full-bodied and opulent with silky tannins as well as a broad, unctuous texture, this beauty can be enjoyed now and over the next 15+ years. It is fashioned from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Drink now-2027 (RP)
Bright ruby-red. Ripe, slightly high-toned aromas of kirsch and smoky oak. At once dense and juicy, with terrific sappy concentration to its powerful but fine-grained dark fruit and sexy oak flavors. Has the sheer grip and energy to buffer its captivating sweetness. Finishes with serious building, dusty tannins and terrific chocolatey persistence. A superb vintage for this clay-over-chalk vineyard, and a lot of wine for the price. (ST)
This shows a lightly roasted edge, leading to coffee and warm blackberry confiture flavors followed by slightly jammy plum and black cherry cobbler notes. The lush finish picks up definition, though, with a nice singed apple wood note and solid drive. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2013 through 2025. (JM)
Energetic, very ripe fruit with no severity on the finish. Lots of drive.
Wild nose of flowers, sweet tobacco and ripe fruit, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Firm tannins, yet fresh finish. Try after 2018.
A flamboyant St.-Emilion, this largely-Merlot blend displays notes of Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, tobacco leaf, and loads of black currant and blackberry fruit. A showy, extravagantly concentrated, hedonistic style of St.-Emilion, with some wood smoke and roasted herbs adding nuance to the full-throttle aromatics and long, lush, silky flavors, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for up to 15+ years. (RP)
Bright ruby-red. Cherry, cola and sandalwood on the expressive nose. Densely packed, unctuous and sweet, with powerful spice shop lift to its cherry fruit. Quite suave in texture and very long on the back end, finishing with substantial dusty, oak-driven tannins. A knockout for this property. (ST)
This is very suave, with mocha and smoldering tobacco flavors laced with fig, plum and blackberry notes. A flash of sweet tapenade and iron helps extend the finish, which has lovely latent minerality. This shows great restraint, considering its power of fruit. Best from 2015 through 2027. (JM)
Purple red, fine, slightly smoky black berry fruits, dense, plummy, good character, structure and lift.
Very dark crimson. Freshness of Pessac and the richness of 09. So sweet and thick and exciting. Real tension and fireworks. Long and tarry. Pushing to the limit without exaggeration. Quite gamey on the nose and pretty extreme in terms of ripeness. Obviously there has been a battle to keep it appetising, but I think the battle has been won.
Aromas of blackberries, with a milky chocolate and berry character. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a fruity finish. So delicious now, but better in a few years. A wine with balance and finesse.
Another impressive offering from proprietor Stephan von Neipperg, this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot displays classic notes of wet gravel as well as jammy, smoky, sweet red and black currants, raspberries and forest floor. A classic Pessac-Leognan with the lush, opulent style of 2009 well-displayed, this is a seductive, full-bodied, fleshy wine to drink over the next 10-12 years. (RP)
Bright red-ruby. Sexy, smoky aromas of black raspberry, charcoal and game show an exotic jammy ripeness that reminded me of Syrah from the Languedoc. Then lush and mouthfilling, with compelling sweetness to its black raspberry, smoke and game flavors. For all its near-confectionery sweetness and early appeal, harmonious acidity gives this outsized wine lovely inner-palate energy. I'd enjoy this beauty over the next ten years.
Very perfumy, with white pepper and sanguine notes, followed by singed mesquite and silky-textured damson plum and cassis fruit flavors and a long, iron-tinged finish. A minerally style, but with the flesh for balance. Distinctive. Best from 2013 through 2026.
Aromas of blueberries and blackberries, follow through to a full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a caressing textured finish. Very pretty already. Try in 2016.
Layers of ripe, cedary black currant and black cherry fruit are endearing and substantial in this opulent, medium to full-bodied wine, which displays notes of underbrush and roasted herbs that give the wine a Provencal nuance to its overall St.-Emilion personality. Already forward and drinkable, this wine should continue to drink nicely for up to 15 or more years.
This gushes up front with dark fig, blueberry cobbler and steeped black currant fruit, showing just enough racy graphite cut on the back end for balance. Espresso and fig bread notes hang in the background. Best from 2013 through 2022. 1,915 cases made.
Ripe black currant fruit with some cedar wood, licorice and wood spice are all present in this generously endowed, concentrated, low-acid Lanessan. The tannins are silky, and the overall impression is one of elegance, plumpness and beautiful intensity. This is a sleeper of the vintage and one that should only improve over the next several years and merit an outstanding rating. It should keep for up to two decades. (89+) (RP) ... Neil Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013: 'Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Lanessan ‘09 has a simple but clean fruit bouquet with blackberry, cedar and a touch of tar, hints of espresso developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins. Fresh and lively in the mouth, not complicated but showing good length on the finish - perhaps I was expecting just a little more given its promising showing from barrel. Still, I think this will improve in bottle. Tasted January 2013.'
Focused, with a mouthwatering tobacco edge framing the core of red and black currant and anise. A warm stone note fills out the finish, with good underlying acidity. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2012)
Fresh, crunchy bouquet of a restrained expansiveness; deep and ripe. Creamy palate with fresh acidity, firm, grainy tannins and good, lifted fruit. Classy with a dry lusciousness, it is rich and rewarding. Drink: 2013-2023. Alc: 14%. (17.5 points)
A wine, with beautiful focused fruit of raspberries and citrus fruit follow through to a full body, with super polished tannins and a bright acidity. Very lively. The superb quality of the Cabernet Franc comes through here. Better in 2015.
This wine has softened up considerably and displays elegant, pure raspberry and soil-infused black cherry fruit notes. It is medium-bodied, quite tasty, and best drunk over the next 12 or so years. (RP)
Bright medium ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry and licorice. Chewy and sweet on the palate, with plum and dark berry flavors joined on the back end by a chocolatey note. Not particularly complex but offers good depth of fruit and texture. Ripe tannins dust the front teeth. (ST)
Concentrated, dark wine that edges towards austere. Beneath this surface, the wine shows some generous fruit. Give it a few years and the more approachable nature will begin to show through. (RV)
Rather dark and winey, with almost chewy-edged currant, plum sauce and roasted fig notes laced with bittersweet cocoa and backed by a loamy edge on the dense finish. The buried graphite spine should allow this to stretch out in the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JM)
The best Le Prieure I have ever tasted, this 2009 is a hedonist’s dream. Huge red and black fruit aromas soar from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-tinged beauty. With velvety tannin, a full-bodied, opulent personality, and a knock-out finish with no hard edges, it is already impossible to resist, so enjoy it over the next decade or more. (Tasted three times.)
This delivers a ripe, up-front, polished beam of blackberry and cassis fruit, backed by richer notes of fig sauce, cocoa powder and anise. Solid concentration and length. Drink now through 2020. (Web Only- 2012)
Blueberry and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a berry, spice and dark cherry aftertaste. Really polished.
This blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon displays an inky/purple color and a big, expressive nose of black and blue fruits intermixed with incense, camphor and some subtle toasty oak and forest floor. Full-bodied but certainly not one of the highest in alcohol for a Right Bank St.-Emilion (13.5%), the wine has a lavish texture, impressive purity, and a long finish with no hard edges. This will be hard to resist over the next 10-15 years. The cellarmaster/regisseur at Clos Fourtet, Tony Balu, produces this sumptuous wine, and his consultant is Stephane Derenoncourt. Unfortunately, there is little of the wine, so I will keep my notes short.
This is a blend of all dry farmed head pruned grapes; hence Gobelet in French. Full-bodied, yet balanced and refined with plenty of subtle fruit and a wet earth, spice and berry character. 56% Mourvedre, 23% Tannat, and 21% Grenache. Drink now or hold.
The 2009 En Gobelet emerges from a dry-farmed parcel of head pruned vines. It is a hugely promising, beautifully balanced wine. Firm yet well-integrated tannins support dark red fruit, leather and spices. Today the wine is understandably quite primary and intense, but it boasts dazzling textural elegance and all of the ingredients to develop into a gorgeous bottle in a few years’ time. There is no shortage of personality and character here. In 2009 the blend is 56% Mourvedre, 23% Tannat and 21% Grenache. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024. (AG)
A highly perfumed, kaleidoscopic bouquet evokes candied red and dark berries, potpourri and incense, plus a hint of roasted coffee. Broad, pliant and deeply pitched but lively, with a velvety texture to the raspberry and mulberry flavors. The palate-staining finish shows outstanding clarity and lingering spiciness. (JR)
I am thrilled to see the 2009 Esprit de Beaucastel burst from the glass with an exciting melange of dark red cherries, flowers, sweet herbs, mint and spices. Exotic spiced notes linger on the finish. The 2009 boasts serious intensity, richness and depth, but it remains quite tannic and in need of further bottle age. The vintage saw both frost and drought, two conditions that are a little unusual in the same year. Now that it is in bottle, the 2009 meets all of the expectations I had when I tasted it from barrel last year. The blend is 40% Mourvedre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache and 5% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)
Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of candied raspberry, potpourri, Asian spices, sandalwood and licorice, with zesty minerality emerging with aeration. Suave, fresh and lithe, showing impressive definition and florality to its seamless red fruit flavors. The spicy, very long finish features gentle tannins and a flavor of red raspberry. A very polished blend. (JR)
Well-structured and full-bodied, offering pure, ripe boysenberry, blueberry, mineral and cedar flavors, with a chewy edge to the tannins. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, and Counoise. Drink now through 2019. 3,075 cases made. (Web only - 2012)
Dense and appealingly rustic, with floral raspberry and cinnamon aromas and complex flavors of cherry, roasted sage and freshly cracked pepper. The tannins are big but ripe. (TF)
Powerful and appealingly rustic, offering briary black raspberry aromas and rich, structured flavors of baked cherry that mix with tart plum, anise, smoky sage and underbrush notes. Ripe tannins grab hold at the end. (TF)
From another cool climate, high elevation site on Atlas Peak, the dark-colored 2009 Zinfandel Mead Ranch exhibits abundant aromas of blueberries, blackberries, crushed rocks and flowers. With considerable intensity, a multidimensional mouthfeel as well as a dense, long finish, this is one of Larry Turley’s top 2009 Zinfandels. (RP)
The odd lots of old vine fruit that do not fit in with any of the single vineyard wines are combined to produce the 2009 Zinfandel Old Vines. Its dark plum/ruby hue is followed by sweet aromas of briery berry fruit, herbs, incense, underbrush and soil undertones. This delicious, medium to full-bodied effort should drink well for 4-5 years. Larry Turley and his sidekick, longtime winemaker Ehren Jordan remain the reference point, along with Mike Officer at Carlisle in Sonoma and the Biale Family in Napa, for world-class, quintessential old vine Zinfandels. Sadly, few California Zinfandels reach these heights. 2009 is a softer, lighter-styled vintage for Turley, but the wines are already charming and irresistible. They should be ready to drink when released and best consumed in their first 4-6 years of life. The exceptions are a few of the old vine cuvees as well as their Petite Syrahs, which are all 30-50-year wines.
Jammy and elegant, yet at the core there's a dense and complex structure. Aromas of smoky black raspberry lead to rich, ripe plum, toasty licorice and cinnamon flavors that finish with supple tannins. (TF)
Opaque purple-colored, this is a relatively structured, tightly knit wine that offers up notes of crushed rocks, black raspberries and hints of black currant and underbrush. It is structured, masculine and medium to full-bodied, with some moderate tannins that still need to be resolved. Forget it for 2-3 years and drink it over the following decade. (89+)
Purple ruby. Sexy aromas of dark plum and cassis complicated by vanilla and minerals. Fresh and pure in the mouth, with a lively, delicately spicy blackberry flavor dominating. Finishes with very good length. This charming, classy wine may not be long-lived, but should offer great early drinking. Made by the energetic Claire Villars, wife of Gonzague Lurton of Durfort-Vivens: you can enjoy her wine first while your Durfort-Vivens '09 comes around in the cellar.