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2008 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Unquestionably one of the gems in the vintage is the 2008 Pontet-Canet, which reminds me of the 2005 with its concentrated, deep, powerful style. Beautiful dark fruits, graphite, obvious minerality, and classic Pauillac lead pencil notes all emerge from this still youthful, full-bodied, and pure 2008 that’s 4-5 years away from maturity and will keep for 30+ years. Hats off to Alfred Tesseron for another awesome wine that ranks up with the crème de la crème of the vintage." (02/2019) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A ca ... 


Inventory: San Francisco


2008 Pavie-Decesse, St-Emilion

94 points James Suckling: "Lovely fruit with chocolate and berries and raspberries. Full and round fine silky and elegant. Very fresh and long. Beautiful. I like the freshness." (12/2010) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another top-notch effort, the 2008 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc produced from yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare. It reached 14% natural alcohol, no doubt because of the extremely late harvest. A deep purple color is accompanied by massive notes of blackberries, incense, fruitcake, camphor and toasty oak i ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City


2008 du Glana, St-Julien (Elsewhere $30)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "From the privileged soil of St.-Julien, this is an opulently rich wine. The weight is obvious as is the sweet fruit. But there is complexity as well, spice and black currant fruit powerful and concentrated. For long-term aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (12/2010)


Inventory: Hollywood

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WE 92

2008 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A dense, beautifully structured wine. It shows intense, ripe fruit with balanced acidity. It’s the fine tannins that give it such class, surrounding the fruit, promising long aging. This is a classic for Léoville-Barton. *Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2011* (RV)" (04/2011) 94 points James Suckling: "This was always one of the wines of the vintage with currant, cassis and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy and polished tannins and a fresh and fine finish. Tight now but so beautiful. Decant a couple of hours before ... 


Inventory: San Francisco


2008 Neely "Hidden Block- Spring Ridge Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The three Pinot Noirs I tasted under the Neely label all had advanced medium garnet colors as well as complex aromatics of pomegranate, apple skins, herbs and earth. My favorite is Neely’s 2008 Pinot Noir Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard, which possesses sweeter fruit, more complexity and a Cote de Beaune-like red fruit character intermixed with spice and earth. Readers should not forget about the Varner Chardonnays I reviewed in issue #190, the 2008 Amphitheater Block, 2008 Home Block and 2008 Bee Block, all a ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 91

2008 Massolino "Vigna Rionda" Barolo Riserva

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "From one of the most hallowed vineyard sites in Barolo, this structured, compelling wine opens with aromas of ripe black cherry, leather, anisette, cooking spices and balsamic notes. The vibrant palate weaves together dark cherry, black raspberry, licorice, mint and black pepper alongside brooding, bracing tannins. It's already impressive but will continue to evolve for decades. Drink 2018-2033. *Cellar Selection, #20 Top Wines of 2014* (KO)" (12/2014) 96 points Decanter: "Fresh still with herbal-toned, ripe fruit aromas. Ju ... 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco


2008 Tor Kenward "Mast Vineyard" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Mast Vineyard possesses abundant aromas of black currants, cedar, licorice and roasted herbs, deep, medium to full-bodied power, supple tannins, loads of fruit and a dense, complete, upfront, delicious personality. This beauty can be enjoyed now and over the next 10-15+ years. It is easily the most forward of Kenward’s 2008 Cabernets. (RP)" (12/2010) 92 points Vinous: " (15.1% alcohol): Captivating aromas of raspberry, rose petal and tamarind. Fat, lush and soft, with enticing inne ... 


Inventory: Hollywood

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RP 92 VN 92

2008 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

97 points James Suckling: "A beautiful Cabernet nose with masses of black currants and sun baked stones. Full bodied, with heavy tannins and a big complex structure. The long finish rounds out this sleeping giant. Six to eight years from now this will be very ready to go. Pull the cork in 2018. " (06/2011) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A small crop of 1,953 cases and a final blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc emerged from the 2008 vintage, that was known for the damaging fires north of Napa and Sonoma that caused smoke da ... 


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2008 David Bruce Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Pinot Noir

90 points Wine Spectator: "Trim and earthy, with a distinct minerally edge to the dried berry, sage, rose water and wild raspberry flavors, which build and gain depth and dimension on the long, full finish. Best from 2012 through 2020. " (10/2011)


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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WS 90

2008 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain takes things to another level, as hard as it may seem to believe. This was another difficult vintage for Dunn. Yields were down a full 50%. In exchange, nature rewarded Dunn with the fruit to make an epic wine that could very well turn out to be a modern-day legend. The 2008 is a huge, towering wine packed with dark fruit, licorice, tar, asphalt and licorice. Layers of perfume are woven throughout this majestic effort. The 2008 should only be purchased by the very patie ... 


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2008 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

92 points Wine Spectator: "Still tight, with the core of cherry and red currant fruit held in check by a mix of lightly firm sandalwood, spice, licorice root and warm stone flavors. Mulled fig and cocoa notes check in on the grippy finish. A rare backward style 2008 that will need some cellaring to round into form. (JM)" (02/2011) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Lively, musky aromas of red berries, cherry, anise, earth and spices, augmented by hints of lavender and resin. Energetic, focused redcurrant and bitter cher ... 


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WS 92 ST 90

2008 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby. Lovely lift and purity to the aromas of cassis, violet and bitter chocolate. Juicy, vibrant and intense; less dense than the 2007 but more perfumed in the mid-palate. Very fine-grained wine, finishing long and aromatic, with firm tannic bite and a late note of bitter chocolate. 'Two thousand eight was an impossible year to make 15% wines with a 4.0 pH in Napa Valley,' said Bo Barrett, adding that 'it's more fun to be working in the classical world. In 2008, there's less jam to bloc ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


2008 Domaine Tortochot Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Classic ruby. An intensely sauvage, cool and relatively airy red currant suffused nose that is also distinctly mineral-inflected leads to solidly structured and overtly muscular flavors that finish with some dryness. There appears to be more than sufficient phenolic ripeness to avoid the dryness so it's possible that there is still some unabsorbed sulfur from the bottling but otherwise, it's not clear that this is going to harmonize before it dries out. My score reflects this caution." (01/2011)


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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BH 91

2008 O'Shaughnessy Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Absolutely prodigious is the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder (500 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon off a site west of Oakville). Dense bluish purple to the rim, with a sensational nose of forest, flowers, graphite, and blueberry liqueur intermixed with creme de cassis and burning embers/charcoal, this wine has fabulous fruit, a remarkably full-bodied texture, great purity, and a finish that goes on for close to 50+ seconds. This is an awesome 2008 and one of the great wines of the vintage. It should drink well ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 98 ST 93

2008 Drinkward Peschon "Entre Deux Mères" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Meres wraps around the palate with serious depth and power. Plums, mocha, espresso and spices all jump from the glass in this sexy, voluptuous wine. Round, sweet and inviting, the 2008 Entre Deux Meres captures the best qualities of the year. Although not super-complex, the 2008 is flat out delicious and incredibly appealing. (AG)" (12/2012) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated ruby-red. Enticing aromas of dark berries, dark chocolate ... 


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2008 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Proprietary Red Wine blend (essentially a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec blended in) has a more opaque/purple color. With more graphite, blueberry and lilac notes, sweet tannin, medium to full body, and an elegant, gracious feel, it is more restrained than previous examples but has no shortage of richness and concentration. It looks to be a beauty in a Bordeaux style, with sweet tannins but loads of fruit--unmistakably California but French in stru ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


2008 Gloria, St-Julien

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A stunning sleeper of the vintage, this beautiful, already irresistible, plum/garnet-colored 2008 is a wine to purchase by the case. It possesses a dense plum/purple color, a glorious perfume of Christmas fruitcake, cedarwood, black currants, jammy cherries and licorice, medium to full body and a silky personality. It will provide both a hedonistic and intellectual turn-on over the next 10-15 years. (RP)" (04/2011) Wine Spectator: "This polished red shows good grip from the ripe, well-integrated tannins, which ... 


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RP 90

2008 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

96-97 points James Suckling: "I can't wait to taste this in bottle. Bright fruit, with currants and plums on the nose. A powerful and structured palate, with plenty of tannins and a long flavorful finish. This is precise, a combination of the 2006 and 2007. Barrel sample." (02/2011) 96 points Vinous: "The estate's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of those rare wines that looks like it will be absolutely delicious pretty much at any point in its life. Super-refined and silky, the 2008 caresses the palate with layers of deeply expressive da ... 


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2008 Francesco Rinaldi "Cannubbio" Barolo

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Barolo Cannubbio exhibits all of the classic notes typically found in wines from this site. Sweet, open floral notes lead to tobacco, leather, anise and spices as this gorgeous Barolo shows off its class. There is more than enough fruit to balance the tannins, but the 2008 remains tight and in need of further cellaring. Still, there is so much to admire in this classy, mid-weight Barolo. In 2008, the Cannubbio is all class and finesse. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038. (AG)" (10/2012) Jancis Robinson: " ... 


Inventory: San Francisco

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RP 92

2008 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (Bin Soiled Label)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Monte Bello is marked by the drought vintage, which not only made a more concentrated crop but also deprived the blend of all supporting varieties, as only Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot handled the dry conditions sufficiently gracefully to make the final cut. At age ten, this muscular Monte Bello is finally beginning to unwind, offering up rich aromas of black cherry, cassis, dried mountain laurel, loamy soil and burning embers. On the palate, it's full-bodied, expansive and powerful, its generous, sweet ... 


Inventory: Hollywood


2008 Calera "Mills" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard takes shape beautifully in the glass, with layers of bright red fruits, flowers, spices and tobacco. It is an impeccable, polished wine from start to finish. This is one of the wines that shows more stem character than some of the others. A textured, multi-dimensional finish of considerable elegance sets the Mills Vineyard apart. (AG)" (08/2011) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Deep strawberry and raspberry aromas are complicated by of rose, ci ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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RP 93 ST 92

2008 Alesia (Rhys) Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Strawberry, raspberry and spicecake on the nose, with a sexy sandalwood quality. In a distinctly vibrant style, with the sexy spice and red berry qualities following through in the mouth. Sappy and fine-grained wine, finishing on a suave note of candied flowers. This will be the last vintage for this wine. (ST)" (06/2010) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Alesia Pinot Noir (1,000 cases produced) possesses tart acidity intertwined with sweet and sour cherry, plum, raspberry, and co ... 


Inventory: Redwood City

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ST 91

2008 Long Shadows "Pirouette" Columbia Valley Red

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Pirouette is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc with the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec aged for 22 months in 70% new French oak. The wine was made by Agustin Hunneus, Sr,.and Philippe Melka. It offer slightly sweeter fruit and more complexity than the 100% varietal Dunn offering. Spicy, rich, and nicely proportioned, it will evolve for 2-3 years and provide prime drinking from 2013 to 2023. (JM)" (08/2011) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright r ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


2008 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 400 cases of the 2008 Altagracia, which includes a lot of Petit Verdot (20%) in the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend. The year’s spring frosts resulted in a smaller crop than usual resulting in a denser, richer but at the same time more texturally interesting and seductive style of wine. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by lots of blue, red and black fruits as well as good minerality, purity and depth. It should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP) " (12/2010) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's Interna ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 91 ST 91

2008 Catena Zapata "Nicolás Catena Zapata" Bordeaux Blend Mendoza

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc that spent 24 months in 100% new French oak followed by 24 months in bottle prior to release. It delivers an inviting bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, espresso, incense, lavender, black currant, and black cherry. This sets the stage for a full-bodied, powerful yet elegant, beautifully proportioned effort with great depth and volume. It conceals plenty of structure and will effortless ... 


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2008 Robert Biale "Thomann Station" Napa Valley Petite Sirah

93 points Wine Spectator: "There's terrific purity to the wild blackberry flavors, which are juicy, vibrant and ripe, with dense tannins, a tobacco leaf note and plenty of peppery, spicy notes. The tannins are firm and dense, especially on the finish. Drink now through 2019. (Web-2011)" K&L Notes: This is named after an old railway stop in St. Helena. Big, strapping, stick-to-your-ribs wine, and meant for the long haul and your beefiest dishes.


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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WS 93

2008 Hundred Acre "Few and Far Between" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Few and Far Between is medium garnet colored and gives up flamboyant kirsch, pepper, cinnamon stick, anise, earth and a core of redcurrants and kirsch with blackberry pie, cassis and tilled soil. The palate is full, rich, concentrated and earthy with wonderful graininess and incredible length. (LPB)" (12/2018) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red. Aromas of strawberry, cherry, mocha, crushed rock and lead pencil, lifted by nuances of violet and licorice. Ti ... 


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2008 Cayuse "Armada Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Right out of the chute, the garrigue and wild herb flavors are amazing. This is Northern Rhône in a glass, but with New World power behind the fruit. Bright and pungent, a mix of herb and tart berry and rock. Still youthful, and already packed with nuance and flavor. There has never been a Cayuse vintage that needed to be cellared more than these 2008s; this is a 20-year wine. (PG)" (11/2011) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More fresh and elegant than the 2009, yet also without the back-end depth, the 2008 Syrah Ar ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


2008 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, inviting and very alluring, with captivating black tea, charred mesquite and kirsch aromas and flavors allied to a remarkably silky mouthfeel. Superlong, with mineral, violet, pepper and additional crushed cherry and plum fruit notes all gliding through the finish. Best from 2011 through 2027. (JM)" (10/2010) 93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A consistent showing by the 2008 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape and this continues to offer upfront, immediate appeal, with perfumed, complex aromatics, a medium to full-bodied, supple m ... 


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2008 Domaine de Montille Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Malconsorts" (lightly nicked/scuffed label)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Vosne-Romanee Les Malconsorts caresses the palate with sweet hard candy, spices and goudron. The wine turns quite a bit richer and denser with air as it reveals its pedigree and class. The Malconsorts fills out beautifully on the long, polished finish. De Montille used 100% whole clusters here. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033. (AG)" (05/2011) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. A touch of reduction to the aromas of black fruits, smoked meat and minerals; interestingly, ... 


Inventory: Redwood City


2008 Turley "Grist" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Damp earth, loamy soil, pepper, black currant, raspberry, and cherry aromas soar from the glass of the dark plum/ruby-colored 2008 Zinfandel Grist Vineyard. A sweet attack (from high alcohol and glycerin) is followed by a fleshy, earthy, spicy wine. (RP)" (12/2009) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium bright red. Slightly high-toned, complex nose melds cherry, raspberry, incense, flowers and fruitcake, plus an exotic whiff of dried apricot. At once dense and juicy; like a fruit cocktail ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 93 ST 91

2008 Turley "Rattlesnake Ridge" Howell Mountain Petite Syrah

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "All five of Turley’s 2008 Petite Syrahs (they do not spell it “Sirah”) are extraordinary, and I could probably write the same tasting notes for each. My favorites include the Hayne Vineyard and Library Vineyard, followed by the Pesenti Vineyard, which shows more chalky graphite characteristics. They all possess huge aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and ink, massive fruit concentration, enormous body, and a lot less alcohol than the Zinfandels (a character of this varietal). Readers who purchase any of thes ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 90 - 92 ST 91

2008 Turley "Fredericks Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Zinfandel Fredericks Vineyard is another awesome example of this varietal. About as good as Zinfandel can be, it is a sexy, voluptuously-textured effort displaying extravagant levels of sweet black and blue fruits intertwined with cedar, spice box, pepper, and foresty notes. The wine possesses a super texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long finish with no hard edges. (RP) " (12/2009) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers appealing raspberry and smoky underbrush aromas and zesty, complex and full-bo ... 


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2008 Kosta Browne "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

94 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, ripe, intense and vibrant, with vivid blackberry and spice notes. Shows lively acidity, too. Drink now through 2020. (JL, Web Only-2012)" 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Complex nose blends musky black raspberry, smoky minerality, mocha, rose and wild herbs. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, with enticing floral lift to the dark berry compote and spice flavors. This very young wine conveys a strong impression of ripe fruit and really stains the palate on the long, juicy finish. (ST)" ( ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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WS 94 ST 93

2008 Rivers-Marie "Occidental Ridge" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red-ruby. Musky, smoky aromas of ripe strawberry and spices, lifted by a note of orange zest. In a warmer style but with firm acidity giving lift and perfume to the flavors of dark raspberry, violet and licorice. Finishes quite juicy. Brown describes this as a low-pH wine from a warm site. This was the first Pinot vineyard he harvested in 2008, picking in mid-September at 14.3% potential alcohol. (ST)" (06/2010) 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A completely different nose speaks of r ... 


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ST 92 BH 90

2008 Turley "Rattlesnake Ridge" Howell Mountain Zinfandel

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The brilliant dark ruby/plum-colored 2008 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge exhibits lots of blueberry, blackberry, and forest floor notes, but the blue fruit spectrum of aromas and flavors dominate. Full-bodied with sweet tannin and a layered, textured mouthfeel, it should drink well for a decade. (RP)" (12/2009)


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RP 92 - 94

2008 Turley "Salvador" Contra Costa County Zinfandel

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a vineyard planted in the 1890s, the 2008 Zinfandel Salvador Vineyard possesses terrific mulberry and black currant fruit intertwined with a note of roasted herbs, striking minerality and earthiness, a big, sweet, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a heady, succulent finish. (RP)" (12/2009) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright, deep red. Initially expressive aromas of black raspberry, crushed pepper and chocolate quickly went into a shell in the glass. Then dense and juicy in the m ... 


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RP 90 - 92 ST 91

2008 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

98 points James Suckling: "I am loving the structure to this wine. Exotic fruit with flowers, and lots going on. The tannins are very velvety, and have a super refined texture and a long, long finish. A fascinating wine. " (12/2010) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Sloan Estate is racy and totally elegant from start to finish. It shows gorgeous freshness and vibrancy in its expressive dark red fruit, flowers, licorice and tobacco. Today the 2008 comes across as a relatively understated, subdued vintage for this wine. It should be abso ... 


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2008 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Once again, Insignia takes it accustomed place near the very head of the class, and, as usual, it is one of the most polished and well-balanced Cabernets to be had. That is not to say that it in any way lacks for authority, richness or size, for it is an intense and impressively filled wine, and it vies for top honors in a vintage that has provided more than a few noteworthy wines. It drives home the point that big wines can be wonderfully balanced, and, while delicious even now, it will not reach its peak for a good many y ... 


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2008 Kosta Browne "Gap's Crown Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "**Two Stars** Vying for top honors among Kosta Browne's vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs from 2008, the deep, optimally ripened Gap's Crown Vineyard bottling is noteworthy for both its richness and real layering. It is wonderfully supple with the velvety feel found only in the best varietal offerings, and, while never lacking in muscle and size, it shows amazing balance and grace. It is long on immediate appeal to be sure, but it will only get better and more complex if allowed to age, and it may not reach it best for five or ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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CG 93 WS 93

2008 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Vaucrains"

93 points John Gilman: "The combination of very little juice in the berries and severe selection has brought the yields down in the Vaucrains to eighteen hectoliters per hectare, so there is not going to be a whole lot of this stunning Nuits in the marketplace. Make sure to make your reservations early. The wine was also late to finish up its malo and was showing a touch reduced, but this is clearly a stellar wine in the making. The bouquet is a deep, complex and reserved blend of black cherries, blood orange, great minerality, woodsmoke, gamebirds and c ... 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco


2008 Hanzell Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* With Pinot Noir, the magic trick is to have it taste sweet and ripe, and yet to finish bone dry. Few wineries in California accomplish this as regularly as Hanzell, and here they come again, with this wonderful 2008. It’s entirely consistent with their past history, being dry, a little tannic and tantalizingly rich in cherry, raspberry and cola fruit. Enjoyable now, with decanting, and should develop in the cellar over the next dozen years if not longer, based on the winery’s track record. " (02/2012) Step ... 


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WE 94

2008 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Vaucrains" (Pre-Arrival)

93 points John Gilman: "The combination of very little juice in the berries and severe selection has brought the yields down in the Vaucrains to eighteen hectoliters per hectare, so there is not going to be a whole lot of this stunning Nuits in the marketplace. Make sure to make your reservations early. The wine was also late to finish up its malo and was showing a touch reduced, but this is clearly a stellar wine in the making. The bouquet is a deep, complex and reserved blend of black cherries, blood orange, great minerality, woodsmoke, gamebirds and c ... 


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2008 Roberto Voerzio "La Serra" Barolo (Pre-Arrival)

96 points Vinous: "The 2008 Barolo La Serra emerges from the glass with dark red fruit, tar, smoke, licorice, spices and new leather. Today the 2008 comes across as surprisingly dark and masculine. The high-toned floral notes that are typical of this site have been replaced by a much darker, brooding register filled with tar, incense and black fruit notes. The wine freshens up beautifully with time in the glass as the aromatics become a bit more expressive. Voerzio's 2008 La Serra is a huge and hugely promising wine. The firm tannins argue for at least a ... 


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VN 96 WS 95

2008 Le Cadeau "Equinoxe" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Pinot Noir Equinoxe sports an expressive nose of black currant, plum, forest floor, and lavender that jumps from the glass. More layered and dense than its sibling, it is packed with sweet fruit, is mouth-filling, and potentially complex. Give this lengthy effort another 2-3 years of cellaring to fill out. (JSM)" (10/2010) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Deep, pungent aromas of cherry, black cardamom, violet and spicecake. Initially rather brooding but gains energy w ... 


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RP 92 ST 92

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2008 Kosta Browne "Kanzler Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

94 points Connoisseurs Guide: "This stunning wine reaffirms our belief that Kosta Browne manages to capture as much pure and precise Pinot Noir fruit as any producer we know, and it does so while showing a great deal of polish. It is ripe but never overly so, and it is structured without being stiff. Its keen balance and slightly velvety feel are the signature traits of thoughtfully made Pinot, and its wonderful sense of depth earns it a place with the very best of the 2008 class. *Two Stars*" (10/2010) 94 points Wine Spectator: "This dense red exhibit ... 


Inventory: San Francisco


2008 Kosta Browne "Koplen Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is dense, pure, rich and supple, displaying tiers of black cherry and blueberry fruit. Ends with a long burst of flavor. Kosta Browne non-blind vertical (March 2011). Drink now through 2020. (JL, Web Only-2012)" 92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "If on the one hand leaning a bit more to ripeness than some in its clan, this big and very outgoing wine is not one for excess, and its abundant, mildly chocolaty, sweet-cherry fruit is matched by a fine sense of structure with ample acidity and balanced tannins providing a fine spin ... 


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2008 Turley "Estate" Napa Valley Petite Syrah

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "All five of Turley’s 2008 Petite Syrahs (they do not spell it “Sirah”) are extraordinary, and I could probably write the same tasting notes for each. My favorites include the Hayne Vineyard and Library Vineyard, followed by the Pesenti Vineyard, which shows more chalky graphite characteristics. They all possess huge aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and ink, massive fruit concentration, enormous body, and a lot less alcohol than the Zinfandels (a character of this varietal). Readers who purchase any of thes ... 


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2008 Rubicon Estate "Cuvée Rutherford" Napa Valley Red

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Deep, rich, ripe and focused, this wine charms from the outset with aromas that are spot on for varietal precision and smell of the complex, layered best of the West Rutherford Bench. Its combination of currant and black cherry notes with hints of root beer and sweet loam are followed on the palate by a supple entry, balancing acidity and by the solid framing of long-grained, polished tannins. Like its aromatic character, its flavors are writ large and writ precisely, and while no one is going to mistake it for a quiet, nua ... 


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2008 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "The flagship wine from Quilceda Creek offers exotic scents of plum, cassis, loam, coffee and pine sap, a rich and evocative blend. The wine delivers all that is promised and more; it is deep and dense with flavor, polished, focused and persistent. Vanilla, espresso, fine tannins, luscious acids and cascading fruits. *Best of 2012, Editors' Choice* (PG)" (02/2012) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More pure and focused than the 2009, with a slightly closer to the vest feel, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon shows the cooler ... 


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