2015 Lapostolle ‘Cuvée Alexander’ Merlot
James Suckling 93 ~ Aromas of coffee, berry and chocolate. Hints of berry and tar. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a savory finish. Drink now or hold.
2015 Dana Estate ‘Lotus Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon$608.00WA 100 JS 99Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 100 ~ A barrel sample due to be bottled in January 2018, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and very primary black and blue fruit nose of warm plums, blueberries and black cherries plus hints of spice box and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and firmly structured with ripe, grainy tannins, it has bags of depth and a very long, multilayered finish.James Suckling 99 ~ Extremely complex aromas of iodine, dark fruit, oyster shell, forest floor and blackberries follow through to a full body. Great intensity and integrity. Tannins are chewy now. Excellent tannin quality.
2018 Solena Pinot Noir Grande Cuvée$25.00WS 92 JS 92 WE 90James Suckling 92 ~ Spicy oak is cast across ripe red berries and cherries and delivers a modern impression. There’s a fresh-earth edge here, too, with attractive, spicy notes and a very vibrant feel to the tannins, which carry a grainy cut that holds freshness into the finish. Drink or hold.
2012 Amuse Bouche$327.00WA 90 JS 92Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 90 ~ The 2012 Proprietary Red Amuse Bouche offers juicy blue and red fruits along with surprisingly noticeable acidity, good cleanliness and purity, and a style that falls somewhere between a French Bordeaux and a Napa red wine. Although still youthful, it displays a potential for plenty of aromatic complexity, medium to full body, and savory flavors. The wine has yet to reveal its considerable potential, so give it several more years of bottle age and drink it over the following 10-15 years.James Suckling 92 ~ Aromas and flavors of walnuts, balsamic vinegar and dried fruits that follow through to a full body, round and juicy tannins and a savory finish. Some orange-peel undertones. Needs a couple of years to come together.