100 Points - Pahlmeyer

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Pièce De Résistance

100 points |December 2016 | Release coming soon

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pièce De Résistance is a selection of the five best barrels in the wine cellar, aged in 100% Taransaud cooperage.  The first perfect score I've given to Pahlmeyer - but highlight deserving - this is a masterpiece of gorgeous creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, forest floor, camphor, charcoal and white flowers, magnificent concentration, wonderfully subtle oak, and a finish of close to a minute.

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91 Points - Corner 103
Price: $40.00

2014 Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast

91 Points | May 2016 | $40

Luxuriously honeyed, this wine sings in rich hazelnut but also remains crisp on the palate, relatively light-bodied in fresh pear and lemon.  Staying lithe as it goes down, it has subtle power and integrated oak, finishing creamy and bold.

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91 Points - Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards
Price: $48.00

2012 Mesa Reserve Syrah
Santa Ynez Valley

91 points | October 2016 | $48

Not as deeply purple as other Syrahs, this bottling shows more broad red-fruit aromas of caramelized cherry along with lilacs, violets, crushed black rocks and vanilla cola. Mulberry, dark strawberry and plum elements bring intrigue to the palate, which also offers savory black sesame and hoisin notes.

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92 Points - Hess Collection
Price: $65.00

2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Veeder

92 Points | March 2017 | $65

A hearty 18% Malbec is part of this wine, from the producer's appellation estate. Clove, ceder and graphite kick things off on the nose, before youthful tannin give breadth and depth to the ripe blackberry, cherry and blueberry.  The wine is soft and seductive on the finish.

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93 Points - Beauregard Winery
Price: $55.00

2013 Pinot Noir
Beauregard Ranch
Ben Lomond Mountain

93 Points | September 2016 | $55

A fresh and peppery nose kicks off this lively wine, with aromas of Kalamata olives, Mediterranean herbs and garrigue along with a rich red cherry-cranberry-pomegranate quality.  It's lithe and zesty on the palate, with juniper, eucalyptus oil, dill, thyme, bayleaf and green sage.  This would spice up many dishes.

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94 Points - O'Brien Estate
Price: $145.00

2012 Unrestrained Reserve
Napa Valley

94 points | November 15, 2015 | $145

Remarkably stylish, elegant and refined, with a supple mix of spicy oak, currant, dark berry, red and black licorice and light floral and cedar notes, ending with a long, graceful finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028. –JL

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94 Points - Patz & Hall
Price: $60.00

2014 Pinot Noir
Chenoweth Ranch
Russian River Valley

94 Points | April 2016 | $60

From its alluring deep ruby color to its powerful aromas of dark chocolate, dusty cedar, bright cherry, raspberry and toasted almond, this is a dynamic and complex wine.  While it possesses a lovely rich, sappy quality, with smooth, supple tannins, it also displays a brightness and energy that adds freshness to the complex fruit and spice flavors.  The finish is silky and long, with lingering notes of lavendar and spice.

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93 Points - Arista
Price: $70.00

2014 Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
Banfield Vineyard

93 points | July 2017 |$70 

This is built around exotic wood scents of smoke and butterscotch that complement the rich core of fig, apricot and honeydew melon.

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