Mixed Case lot - please see individual item description
This lot contains the following items:
2009 Lewis Cellars "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2009 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (qty: 1)
2009 Merryvale "Profile" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (qty: 5)
2010 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2010 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 11)
2010 Peter Michael "L'Esprit des Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend (qty: 1)
2011 Ladera "Stile Blocks" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2012 Crane Family "Don Raffaele Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2012 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (qty: 2)
A wine of great density, focus and concentration, with tiers of ripe blackberry, wild berry, mocha, espresso and black licorice flavors, ending with a tight, firm, fine-grained tannic backbone. Best from 2013 through 2027. (JL)
The 2009 Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard is a gorgeous, clearly California version of a grand cru from Burgundy, such as Clos Saint-Denis or Clos de la Roche. This deep plum/garnet-colored wine offers intense berry fruit along with forest floor, spice box, earth and loads of plum, cherry and strawberry notes, moving toward darker fruits, as well as earthy, autumnal, foresty scents. The wine is full-bodied, with great intensity, sweet tannins and good acidity. Drink it over the next decade or more. (RP)
The 2009 Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard is quite pretty and lifted in the glass. Expressive and floral, the 2009 possesses gorgeous fruit and lovely mid-palate pliancy. Here the Pinot tannin carries the fruit much more gracefully than in the Chardonnay. Sweet floral and spice notes reappear on the finish, adding lift. The 2009 is intense, but not at all heavy. (AG)
Amazingly seductive, from the initial aromas of smoky, toasty, creamy vanilla-scented oak to the richer mix of wild berry and raspberry fruit. Lifts midpalate and soars from there, finishing with a pleasing tannic grip and a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2025. *Top 100 of 2014* (JL)
Deep, dense and brooding with a curious bias to iron, dark soils and heavily roasted coffee in the nose, this strapping youngster finds fine fruity direction in its impressively extracted flavors. It is big and chunky and very solidly built, and it is roughed up by lots of varietal tannin, but what it delivers in the way of richness and depth more than makes up for its lack of immediate polish. It is a wine for the cellar and will take up to a decade to come around, but it has all of the pieces in place to make aging a very sure thing.
The 2009 Profile bursts on the palate with an exciting array of black fruit, smoke, tar, licorice and grilled herbs. It is a muscular wine endowed with considerable depth and richness, but despite its obvious size, all of the elements are in harmony. This big boy will need some cellaring, but it is beautiful. Profile is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. (AG)
Bright, saturated ruby-red. Cassis, blackberry, licorice, coffee and mocha on the nose, plus a whiff of tarry oak. Silky on entry, then vinous and firm, with noteworthy verve to the flavors of dark berries, chocolate, tobacco leaf, minerals and herbs. Good primary, brooding Cabernet-based wine with serious tongue-dusting tannins and very good length. Should gain in texture and complexity over the next five to eight years. 90(+?) points.
A luscious Napa Valley blend, with perfumed red cherry and fragrant, herb-scented fruit enriched by oak. Barrel age has brought the texture to a generous smoothness, adding walnut tones to contrast the bright fruit. Ready to decant for filet mignon.
*Cellar Selection* This falls midway between the spectacular '08 and the elegant '07. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, its grapes were grown in St. Helena. The wine shows softly lush tannins and deep, complex flavors of red fruit, berry, licorice, cocoa and mineral that easily stand up to 100% new French oak. Don't open it until at least 2018, and it should develop for many years afterward.
Exhibits a rich array of savory herb, dried dark berry, mocha, licorice, smoke and cedar flavors, gaining depth and richness and firming nicely on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2020.
The 2010s I tasted were all very good wines with their inexpensive 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford exhibiting attractive spicy oak, soft, round, red and black currant fruit, the dusty, earthy, loamy character often referred to as Rutherford dust, and soft tannins. Attractive and delicious with good size, it should drink well for at least a decade.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection exhibits an opaque purple color, slightly more toasty oak in the aromatics, and explosive richness on the attack, mid-palate and length. The nose is slightly more restrained than in the regular bottling, but there is no doubting the Special Selection is a cut or two above the Napa bottling when it hits the palate. Extraordinary purity of fruit, creme de cassis, licorice and incense all emerge from this full-bodied, iconic classic. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 25+ years. (RP)
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is, big, rich, voluptuous and totally sexy. Mocha, chocolate, plums, sweet spices and black cherries jump from the glass in this full-bodied, intense wine. This is one of the more immediate wines of the vintage, but all the elements are very nicely balanced. (AG)
Heady and polished, this is a rich Napa Valley Cabernet focused on sweet black fruit. It’s based on a mix of owned and leased vineyards in eight Napa sub-AVAs, 75 percent in the valley, the balance on hillsides or higher into the mountains. New French oak comes across in scents of espresso-roast coffee and cedar, while the fruit has blue-black depths of plum skin. It’s tight and relatively austere for this style of Napa Valley Cabernet, needing bottle age to show its best.
A seductive style that's openly fruity, showing supple plum and black cherry notes, with floral scents and spices, turning creamy and gaining a mocha-espresso-vanilla scent that's enticing. Finishes with a smooth texture, fine-grained tannins and then another burst of fruit. Drink now through 2025. *Top 100 Wines of 2013 - Collectibles* (JL)
This is round and soft with a generosity and richness. Full body with juicy fruit, chocolate, berries and hints of walnuts. Drink or hold.
Made from a similar blend with slightly less Cabernet Sauvignon and more Merlot, the 2010 L’Esprit des Pavots represents 1,580 cases. It is a beautiful wine to enjoy now and over the next 10-15 years. Loaded with black fruit, licorice, bouquet garni and forest floor characteristics, it is an opulent, round, delicious 2010. (RP)
Bright purple. Dark cherry and plum aromas are brightened by notes of peppery spices and minerals. More structured and less flamboyant than the Les Pavots, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that coat the palate. Shows very good energy and cut on the finish, which features youthfully chewy tannins and a whiplash of dark fruit. Definitely decant this one if you can't keep your hands off it now. (JR)
Dark red raspberries, rose petals, savory herbs and tobacco all meld together in the 2010 L'Esprit des Pavots. Hints of mocha, espresso and cloves develop later, adding considerable intrigue and complexity. Silky, open and expressive, the 2010 is a gorgeous wine that should drink well pretty much upon release and for at least a handful of years and beyond. The mid-weight style of the year in this part of Knights Valley seems inherently better suited to wines that are meant to be drunk early rather than cellared. In 2010, L' Esprit des Pavots is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. (AG)
Glorious purity of fruit here with blackcurrants, blueberries, dark chocolate, fresh herbs and forest floor. Hints of mint. Full body, seamless tannins and wonderful balance. Tight and compacted tannins with beautiful fruit and great length. Hazelnut and chocolate. Goes on for minutes. One of the best Opus in years. Compacted and beautiful. Hard not to drink now but better in 2018.
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. (RP)
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and radiant throughout, with gorgeous suppleness and purity to the flavors. Sweet red cherry, hard candy, raspberry wild flowers and cinnamon are some of the notes that grace the palate. Racy and forward, yet classically mid-weight in structure, the 2012 is likely to drink well pretty much upon release. Once quite rich, the 2012 is developing into a wine of finesse and open-knit sensuality. (AG)
A Pauillac-like expression from Napa Valley, this features smoky, toasty oak from the get-go, framing the intense flavors of earth, crushed rock and gravelly dried dark berry. The dense core of fruit pushes through a front of rustic graphite and loamy earth. Finishes with a long, layered aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. (JL)