Mixed Case lot - please see individual item description
This lot contains the following items:
2012 Chappellet "Pritchard Hill Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2012 Continuum Oakville Bordeaux Blend (qty: 1)
2012 Hall "Bergfeld" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2012 Fairchild "G-III" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - T6" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2013 Fait Main "Las Piedras" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2013 Carter Cellars "Beckstoffer To Kalon-The Grand Daddy" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2014 Pott "Incubo" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2014 Seven Stones Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2014 Sodhani "Reserve" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2014 Hall Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2014 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2014 Morlet "Mon Chevalier" Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2014 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2014 Cliff Lede "Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2015 Myriad "Three Twins Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2015 Outpost "True Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2015 Fait Main "Penhoet Toyon Farm" Napa Valley Chardonnay (qty: 1)
Beautiful aromas of flowers, dark fruits and minerals. Complex and subtle. Full body and very fine tannins with walnuts, berries and citrus fruit undertones. A wine with verve and fruit intensity.
The dense purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate (one of Napa’s fashionable go-to terroirs) exhibits a striking bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, raspberries and blackcurrants. This is a compelling wine with profound depth and flavor, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a velvety integration of tannin, acidity and wood. Pushing perfection in Cabernet Sauvignon, this multidimensional, skyscraper-like offering has all the intensity one expects, but it never comes across as heavy. This gives it an ethereal character that is nearly impossible to articulate, but genius is often hard to explain. It is clearly a major superstar of a great vintage. (RP) 99+
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is rich and explosive, with tons of concentration, depth and structure. Dark blue and black fruit, mocha, smoke, menthol, licorice and spices all burst from the glass as this huge, tannic Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its pure class. Readers will have to be patient with the 2012, a wine that will blow the roof off the house with its unbridled power. (AG) 94+
There's clarity and vivacity to this wine with dark fruits, dark chocolate and a mineral undertone. Full body, firm tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Powerful and long yet balanced and bright. Drink or hold.
The success of Continuum, a wine from Pritchard Hill made by Tim Mondavi and his sister Marcia, continues unabated. This is a beautiful vintage for Continuum, with a dense bluish/purple color and a beautiful nose of blueberries, violets, a touch of licorice, truffle and background oak. This full-bodied wine displays beautifully sweet and well-integrated tannin as well as loads of forest floor and spice box. A complex, Bordeaux-styled wine, it is approachable and dramatic, even ostentatious, as many 2012s tend to be, so there’s no harm in drinking it now or cellaring it for another 20+ years. (RP)
A juicy, flamboyant wine, the 2012 Continuum captures the personality of the year from the very first taste. Here the flavors are bold and racy to the core, with pungent dark red fruit and spice dominating. The new French oak (75%) is a bit pronounced today. Otherwise, this is a fine showing. The 2012 needs a bit more time to shed some baby fat, but it will offer its finest drinking earlier than most other vintages. (AG)
From Tim and Marcia Mondavi's rocky, estate Pritchard Hill property comes this blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. A substantially built wine, from an extreme, high-elevation site, it is equally extreme, thickly dripping in dense, jammy tobacco and bittersweet chocolate, with dry, burly tannins and a generous build. Cellar through 2022. (VB)
A Pauillac-like expression of fresh-cut flowers, gravelly tannins and rich, graphite-laced currant and dark berry flavors. The tannins flex their sinewy strength, leading to a gutsy melted black licorice accent on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030. (JL)
Offers pure, rich, explosive fruit, with tiers of blackberry, wild berry, cherry and spice flavors, delivering touches of black licorice and cedary oak. Glides along with a touch of toasty oak and espresso, tightening on the finish. Drink now through 2027. (JL)
The most powerful of the Fairchild Cabernets here, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges III races across the palate with intense dark fruit, grilled herbs, smoke and iron, all in a rich, powerful style built on serious intensity. The Georges III loses just a bit of persistence on the mid-palate and finish, but that is a relatively small critique for a wine that delivers so much pleasure. (AG)
Not to be missed is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon G-III, which comes from the Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III. This shows notes of roasted coffee, blackcurrant fruit, is medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, toasty oak and a velvety finish. (RP)
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard T6, which is from Clone 6 in a different block of Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, is aged in 86% new Darnajou and 14% new Taransaud. This wine is not terribly different, but Clone 6 is believed to be old Bordeaux clones brought over to Napa Valley and propagated. The wine has terrific fruit intensity, blackcurrants, blackberry, licorice, creosote and espresso roast. Deep, full-bodied, powerful and rich, this, again, shows the vintage’s voluptuous texture, full-bodied power and richness. (RP)
Steadily builds from a tight, rich core of mocha-laced currant and blackberry to a broader, more expansive mix that folds in creamy, toasty, mocha-laced oak, unfolding to reveal tiers of flavor and nuance. (JL)
Toquette produced two Cabernet Sauvignons, both 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras from this Beckstoffer-owned vineyard is all clone 4. The wine exhibits a dense purple color, plenty of blackberry and blueberry fruit, some loamy soil undertones, full-bodied opulence, and a rich, long finish with sweet tannin and good vibrancy and acidity. It should drink well for 25 years. (RP)
Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and new leather are some of the notes that flesh out in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras. Dark, unctuous and racy, the 2013 offers fine balance, but it feels a bit blowsy today, with less of the incisive minerality that is typical of this site. This is an especially intense, super-ripe Piedras. (AG)
As for the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Grand Daddy, I’d love to say that we seem to be at that three-digit magical number again. Unbelievable notes of road tar, truffle, blackberry, cassis and charcoal embers soar from the glass of this inky purple-colored wine. Stunningly full-bodied, rich and multi-dimensional, it’s another skyscraper constructed by the genius of Carter Cellars. This is unreal stuff. Drink it over the next 30+ years. (RP)
Unusually creamy and expressive for a young wine from this site, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Grand Daddy is striking. Inky blue/black fruit, cloves, new leather, lavender, sage and mint are all exquisitely layered throughout. Even with all of its obvious intensity, the 2013 remains remarkably detailed for such a big wine. Next to the other To Kalon Cabernets in this range, the Grand Daddy shows a slightly more delicate and nuanced expression of this storied Oakville site. (AG)
Opaque purple, it offers up beautiful notes of chocolate, espresso, blackberry and cassis. The wine hits the palate with a gush of deliciously pure, unctuously textured fruit and offers up full body, a multi-layered mouthfeel, and a long, long finish, nearly disguising some serious structure and tannin. This is a gorgeous, classic Diamond Mountain wine to drink over the next 25-30+ years.
Insignia has been a remarkably consistent performer over the years and always manages to find a prominent place at the head of the class, and its high standing is affirmed once again with this outstanding version from 2014. This wine is both rich and remarkably refined with a great sense of depth, and its forceful themes of currants and black cherries are framed with beautifully matched creamy oak and deft touches of sweet spice. As with past efforts, it is uncannily potent and polished at one and the same time, and the one small caveat to its enthusiastic endorsement is that, if involving now, it is years away from reaching its full potential and should be hidden away and its manifold charms ignored until reaching its tenth anniversary.
No Merlot in this vintage, with a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc. The nose is more subdued than on the Napa Cabernet, although there is abundant toasty oak. It's very rich and tannic, concentrated and taut, but remains youthful and reserved. It needs a good deal of time. Very long, with mocha tones on the finish. Of remarkable quality, given that more than 170,000 bottles were produced. Drinking Window 2020-2045. (SB)
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia checks in as 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc and was brought up all in new oak. This beauty comes from six estate vineyards and offers a gorgeous bouquet of black raspberries, cassis, Asian spice and white chocolate. With full-bodied richness, a beautiful, opulent, yet balanced texture, sweet tannin, and a great finish, it's a gorgeous 2014 that's already hard to resist, yet will cruise for two to three decades in the cellar.
The blackberry, dark-chocolate and walnut aromas are persuasive. Full body, a dense and fruity center palate and beautiful depth and intensity. The tannin texture is exceptional. Great wine. Drink in 2020 and onwards.
Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc coming from six vineyards and reared for 24 months in 100% new French oak, the 2014 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed blackberries and fresh blackcurrants with touches of cigar box, sandalwood, dried lavender, beef drippings and mocha plus a waft of wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied and incredibly elegant and fine in the mouth, the lively fruit is well structured by grainy tannins and seamless acid, finishing long and earthy. (LPB) 97+
The 2014 Insignia is shaping up to be one of the surprises of the vintage. A rich, explosive Insignia, the 2014 exudes pedigree. A host of dark red cherry, plum and pomegranate notes make a strong first impression. Bright, vibrant aromatics add lift, while beams of salinity contribute to the wine's energetic personality. One of the interesting aspects of the 2014 is that there is no Merlot in the blend. (AG)
This fine vintage of Insignia combines 87% Cabernet Sauvignon with 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Soft, supple and seamless, it offers rich but balanced cassis and milk chocolate flavors, with supportive and complementary oak. It should do well in the cellar and will be best from 2024-2034. *Best of 2017, Cellar Selection* (VB)
Mint and berry aromas with hints of spices. Medium body, firm tannins and a medium finish. No reason to wait. Drink now. Always excellent.
This is marked by a strong herb and oak mixture and framed by a lively burst of red currant, red licorice, dusty, cedary oak and licorice notes. Drink now through 2030. (JL)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard is scented of cassis, blackberries and underbrush with touches of damp soil and black pepper. Firm and earthy in the solidly constructed, medium to full-bodied mouth, the wine has grainy tannins and finishes with great finesse and poise. (LPB)
Lastly, the tiny production 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard is 100% varietal that spent 20 months in 90% new French oak. It boasts an insanely good bouquet of ripe blue fruits, white flowers, incense, and menthol. This is followed by a layered, exotic, thrillingly full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that has a gorgeous mid-palate density, massive structure, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. This is a quintessential Howell Mountain Cabernet that embodies everything you could want from this terroir and it’s going to have 2-3 decades of overall longevity.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard opens with expressive crushed black currants, black cherries and warm plums notes with fragrant touches of chocolate-covered cherries, baking spices, incense and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the ripe, rich, spice-laced black fruits, supported by velvety tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and layered. 310 cases were made. 97+ points. (LPB)