Mixed Case lot - please see individual item description
This lot contains the following items:
2012 Caparzo "La Casa" Brunello di Montalcino (qty: 1)
2015 Clarke (Baron de Rothschild), Listrac (qty: 4)
2015 Clau de Nell (Anne Claude Leflaive) "Cuvee Violette" Anjou (qty: 1)
2015 Clau De Nell (Anne-Claude Leflaive) Cabernet Franc Anjou (qty: 1)
2015 Domaine Laroche Chablis Grand Cru "Les Blanchots" (qty: 1)
2016 Arista "UV Lucky Well Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (qty: 1)
This estate has belonged to the Edmond de Rothschild family since 1973. From one of the top performing properties in Listrac, this wine is well proportioned, rich and dense. It has weight but its main thrust is elegance, with stylish black-currant fruit, acidity and a dry core from the wood aging. The wine will age well and should not be drunk before 2023. (RV)
The 2015 Clarke has an attractive blackberry and briary scented nose with just a hint of dark chocolate emanating from the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, the acidity nicely judged with fine tension on the cedar and tobacco-tinged finish. I appreciate the freshness and refinement demonstrated by this Château Clarke, a classic Listrac that should give 10-12 years of pleasure. (NM)
Sweet and generous but also with quite a slug of dry tannins, and that really gives the wine some character and drive at the finish. You can drink it now, but better in 2020.
Well-expressed Listrac fruit with Moulis ripeness and good grip for the future. (SS)
Mid crimson with ruby rim. Dark and savoury on the nose, dark fruit and dark chocolate. Dry, fine texture but a little short on fruit to fill out the middle. 16/20 points. (JH)
Lots of Strawberry, forest floor and hints of flowers all emerge from the 2015 Château Clarke and it's medium-bodied, elegant and balanced, with fine tannin and good acidity. This charming Listrac has lots to love and should drink nicely for 7-8 years.
On the fleshy side for a Listrac, with good plum and blackberry coulis flavors inlaid with singed vanilla and alder notes. Light tobacco hints echo with the fruit through the finish. Drink now through 2020. (JM)
Sweet black raspberries, black cherries, spice box, flower garden, and smoked herb notes all emerge from the 2016 Pinot Noir UV Lucky Well Vineyard, and it's from a site on the western edge of the Russian River and saw the standard 11 months in one-third new French oak. Supple, rounded, and fleshy on the palate, it nevertheless stays classy and beautifully balanced, with rock-solid length. It's going to be better this time next year yet keep for a decade.
Winemaker Matt Courtney says this vineyard is in a 'Goldilocks' spot, on the second ridge in from the ocean—not too exposed but just enough to make it a struggle to ripen Pinot Noir. Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir UV Lucky Well Vineyard has a wonderful nose of granite, woodsmoke, charcuterie, turned soil and potpourri over a core of ripe red and blue fruits. Light to medium-bodied, it gives loads of savory fruits in the mouth with earthy touches, framed by great juicy acidity, ripe, pixelated tannins and a very long, very savory and flavorful finish. (EB) 95+
The 2016 Pinot Noir U. V. Lucky Well Vineyard is one of the more complete wines in this range, largely because it has enough fruit and freshness to stand up to the choices that inform the house style. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, rose petal and sweet spice infuse this super-expressive, unctuous Pinot Noir from Arista. (AG)
Chiseled and powerful, with focused acidity supporting the wild berry, cherry and plum tart flavors. Christmas pudding notes emerge midpalate, offering a rich, creamy finish. (KM)