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Aga Red – Balinese Red Wine

Aga Red – Balinese Red Wine AGA Red is a young light red wine made from the local Alphonse-Lavallée grapes. This medium bodied wine is often associated with the genre Beaujolais-Nouveau.

Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005

Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005 98 points / $80 7,500 cases made France In the Southern Rhône’s recent trio of great vintages starting with 2003,

Ridge Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Santa Cruz Mountain Estate 2005

Ridge Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Santa Cruz Mountain Estate 2005 95 points / $35 2,000 cases made

Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005

Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005 95 points / $49 4,250 cases made

Antinori Toscana Tignanello 2004

Antinori Toscana Tignanello 2004 95 points / $79 26,665 cases made Italy Arguably the original super Tuscan, this blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc was first produced in 1971.

Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2005

Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2005 95 points / $60 5,000 cases made Australia Two Hands partners Richard Mintz and Michael Twelftree have excelled with their Garden Series, six regional Shiraz bottlings made with purchased grapes. Bella’s Garden, from Barossa, is often the best of them. Shiraz for the 2005 Bella’s came from […]

Château Léoville Las Cases St.-Julien 2004

Château Léoville Las Cases St.-Julien 2004 95 points / $90 20,000 cases made France Bordeaux’s wet, cool 2004 vintage got lost between the exceptional 2003 and 2005, but Jean-Hubert Delon’s St.-Julien estate consistently delivers excellent wines in both great and difficult years. Half of the château’s 250 acres are planted in the famous Clos Léoville […]

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia – Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2004

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2004 97 points / $150 11,710 cases made Italy Ornellaia—a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from a 225-acre estate overseen by Lamberto Frescobaldi—remains among the flagship wines from the rapidly developing Bolgheri area on the Tuscan coast. The warm Mediterranean coastal climate tends to favor […]

Mollydooker – Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnival of Love 2006

Mollydooker Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnival of Love 2006 95 points / $80 4,738 cases made Australia Carnival of Love is made with grapes from three contiguous blocks of the Gateway Vineyard, the same site that produces the Mollydooker Shiraz Velvet Glove. Sarah and Sparky Marquis find that they best capture color and fresh fruit character […]

Robert Mondavi – Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2004

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2004 95 points / $125 8,688 cases made California The 2004 vintage was the very last in which the Robert Mondavi family was involved with the winery, and it produced the best Mondavi Reserve since the 1996. Comprising 86 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, […]

Krug – Brut Champagne 1996

Krug Brut Champagne 1996 99 points / $250 10,000 cases made France Released this year, Krug’s 1996 is one of the last ’96 vintage Champagnes to reach the market, and it is the last vintage to draw on the experience of three generations of the Krug family (including now-director Olivier Krug) during the base wine’s […]

California’s Other Cabernet – Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Sauvignon, with apologies to Pinot Noir, is arguably the world’s most distinguished red wine grape. It’s the principal red grape of Bordeaux and the sine qua non of the extravagant new SuperTuscans. It’s what Spanish winemakers add to Tempranillo to bring it up to snuff. And in California… Cabernet is king! The earliest distinguished […]