2015 Alma Fria ‘Campbell Ranch’ Chardonnay$55.00VN 94Vinous 94: The 2015 Chardonnay Campbell Ranch is translucent, striking and highly nuanced. Orange peel, butter, honey and light tropical notes all flesh out in the glass. The flavor profile is pure Hyde Wente clone – with all of its natural richness – and yet structurally the wine is medium in body and super-refined. Drinking window: 2018-2022.
2017 Tablas Creek ‘Esprit de Tablas’$71.00WS 93WA 94WE 94VN 94Wine Spectator 93: Personality meets refinement, with expressive black raspberry, smoky garrigue and stony white pepper notes that build richness and complexity toward polished tannins. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. Drink now through 2027.Vinous 94: Glistening ruby. Pungent black and blue fruit, potpourri and incense aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up exotic spice and mineral nuances as the wine opens up. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry, black raspberry, violet pastille and spice cake flavors that deepen on the back half. Finishes very long and precise, with mounting tannins and an emphatic echo of candied flowers.
2012 Amuse Bouche$327.00WA 90JS 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.