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Case of Wine

All scores and tasting notes from Wine Spectator, except as noted

 

White

 

Peter Michael: Sauvignon Blanc Knights Valley L'Après-Midi 2013

 

This succulent white offers nectarine, apricot and ripe melon flavors, with clear, crisp acidity. Shows lemon, tobacco and celery leaf details, accented by a whiff of lanolin. Elegant and supple in texture, with a powerful finish.

• Score: 94

• Release Price: $60

• Region: Sonoma

 

Evening Land: Chardonnay Eola-Amity Hills Seven Springs Vineyard Summum 2010

 

Light, racy and aromatic, with depth, offering mineral notes of crushed wet stone before delivering beautifully restrained apple, pineapple and citrus flavors that play against a  lean, sinewy frame. The finish doesn't quit.

• Score: 96

• Release Price: $90

• Region: Willamette Valley

Realm: Sauvignon Blanc Fidelio 2016

Citrus flowers on the nose. The palate was citrus dominated by grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and river rocks. [description and score from Cellar Tracker]

• Score: 93

• Release Price: $70

• Region: Napa Valley

Ancillary: Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Sangiacomo Vineyard 2016

The core tangerine, nectarine and peach flavors are rich, potent, deep and persistent in this white, which ends simpler on the finish.

• Score: 88

• Release Price: $70

• Region: Sonoma

Chasseur: Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2011

Ripe and dark-hued, with exotic, honey-laced fig and butterscotch flavors. Rich and fleshy.

• Score: 87

• Release Price: $40

• Region: Sonoma

Tor: Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Durell Vineyard Wente Clone 2014

Pure and rich, centered on honeyed fig and apricot flavors, with a buttery, smoky oak edge and a deep, persistent finish. Young and assertive, this is starting to mellow.

• Score: 91

• Release Price: $60

• Region: Sonoma

Red

 

The Mascot: Bordeaux Blend 2011

Blackberry, cassis, chocolate. Very rounded wine in the front and the middle. Full bodied, almost chewy, in your face. Finishes with a load of sweet oak tannin. [description and score from Cellar Tracker]

• Score: 93

• Current Price: $125

• Region: Napa Valley

Myriad: Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Round Pond Vineyard 2016

Not shy on ripeness, as waves of creamed plum and boysenberry cruise through. Energetic, with subtle ripples of acidity adding length. Licorice and apple wood notes impart range through the finish.

• Score: 92

• Release Price: $80

• Region: Napa

Aperture: Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc) Alexander Valley 2015

Offers complex flavors of currant, blueberry, blackberry, herb, cedar, gravel and underbrush, yet for all the fruit intensity this has a measure of tenderness and charm. The tannins are ripe, giving this structure.

• Score: 91

• Release Price: $48

• Region: Sonoma

Kobalt: Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007

Tightly wound, firm and complex, offering a mix of cedar, loamy earth, dried currant and blackberry flavors, with touches of black licorice, mineral and sage. Full-bodied, ending with ripe, chewy tannins that reverberate on the finish.

• Score: 95

• Release Price: $90

• Region: Napa

Cavus: Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2006

Rustic, and pleasantly so, with earthy herb, dried berry, plum and black licorice flavors that are pure and full-bodied. Fleshy and structured at points, ending with a mix of black licorice and berry flavors.

• Score: 91

• Release Price: $90

• Region: Napa

Robert Craig: Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 2014

Structured, full bodied with firm tannins. Fruit and acidity in balance. [description and score from Cellar Tracker]

• Score: 92

• Current Price: $85

• Region: Napa