CHÂTEAU LAFLEUR

2010 France Bordeaux
97 Points

Packed, with a charcoal frame and hints of alder and mesquite offering an impressive, aromatic profile, while flavors of crushed plum, warm linzer torte and blackberry preserves form the massive core. Dense, chewy and velvety, this features a riveting iron note and enticing tobacco accents that help to expand and lengthen the finish. Best from 2020 through 2040.

 

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Wine Spectator MARCH 2013
CHÂTEAU LAFLEUR

LEON RISERVA BAROLO

2010 Italy Piedmont
93 Points

Resin, fragrant blue flower, baked plum and cake spice are just some of the aromas you'll find on this densely concentrated wine. The syrupy palate offers blackberry jam, mature raspberry, pipe tobacco, mint and cinnamon while velvety tannins provide the enveloping framework. It closes on a chocolate note. Drink 2018 through 2026.

 

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Wine Spectator OCTOBER 2016
LEON RISERVA BAROLO

AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA DOC

2011 Italy Friuli
93 Points

Resin, fragrant blue flower, baked plum and cake spice are just some of the aromas you'll find on this densely concentrated wine. The syrupy palate offers blackberry jam, mature raspberry, pipe tobacco, mint and cinnamon while velvety tannins provide the enveloping framework. It closes on a chocolate note. Drink 2018 through 2026.

 

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Wine Enthusiast DECEMBER 2016
AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA DOC

OCTAVIUS AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA RISERVA DOC

2009 Italy Friuli
94 Points

A rich, powerful Amarone, with a seamless knit and fine balance imparting grace. Flavors of baked currant and cherry glide over the dense tannins and tarry minerality, riding the silky palate alongside dried mint and eucalyptus, spice box and fig cake notes that echo on the long finish. Drink now through 2034. 250 cases imported

 

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Wine Spectator DECEMBER 2015
OCTAVIUS AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA RISERVA DOC

LOU CAMINÉ LIRAC

2015 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

The full-bodied 2016 Lirac Lou Caminé seemed a bit closed for business when I tasted it at the beginning of September. Subtle spice notes, perhaps a touch of oak, and black cherry fruit finish peppery, with firm tannins. Give it a year or two in the cellar to relax, then drink it over the next 5-7 years.

 

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Robert Parker's Wine advocate OCTOBER 2017
LOU CAMINÉ LIRAC

LES GRAND PLACES CÔTE-RÔTIE

2013 France Rhone Valley
94 Points

Bright purple. An explosively perfumed bouquet displays ripe, spice-tinged blackberry, cherry compote, incense and smoky bacon scents, backed by vanilla and mocha qualities. Offers palate-staining dark fruit liqueur, vanilla and candied violet flavors that are lifted and given focus by a jolt of juicy acidity. Youthfully firm tannins build steadily through a strikingly long, penetrating finish that repeats the blue fruit and floral qualities.

 

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Vinous MARCH 2016
LES GRAND PLACES CÔTE-RÔTIE

SAINT JOSEPH SYRAH

2014 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Youthful purple. Smoky, sharply focused dark berry and violet scents are sharpened by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black currant flavors that show an open-knit character and appealing sweetness. Dusty tannins shape the finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity and repeating florality.

 

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Vinous MARCH 2016
SAINT JOSEPH SYRAH

CHAMPIN LE SEIGNEUR CÔTE-RÔTIE

2013 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Inky ruby. Vibrant cherry and black currant aromas are complemented by suggestions of black pepper, violet and olive. Taut and structured on entry and then more open in the mid-palate, offering red berry and bitter cherry flavors sweetened by a floral pastille nuance and a hint of cola. Shows very good lift and focus on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with very good, floral persistence.

 

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Vinous MARCH 2016
CHAMPIN LE SEIGNEUR CÔTE-RÔTIE

LA LOYE CONDRIEU

2014 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Green-tinged yellow. Lively aromas of green apple, lime zest, peach and anise are joined by hints of dusty minerals and white flowers that develop with air. Juicy, seamless and focused on the palate, offering fresh pear, nectarine and lemon gelato flavors that deepen on the back half. The mineral note sneaks back in on the penetrating finish, which hangs on with excellent tenacity. Plenty of power here, but the impression I'm left with is one of elegance.

 

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Vinous MARCH 2016
LA LOYE CONDRIEU

LA VIALLIÈRE CÔTE-RÔTIE

2013 France Rhone Valley
93 Points

Saturated ruby. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes energetic dark berry, floral pastille, olive and smoky mineral qualities, while a peppery nuance slowly emerges. Sappy, penetrating and pure, showing impressive lift and appealing sweetness to the spice-tinged blueberry and cherry cola flavors. Aeration brings out candied licorice and bacon nuances that carry through a very long, youthfully tannic finish.

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Vinous MARCH 2016
LA VIALLIÈRE CÔTE-RÔTIE

CLOS DE SAVIGNAC

2015 France Languedoc
90 Points

The deep ruby-colored 2015 Languedoc Grés de Montpellier Clos de Savignac (55% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre and 20% Grenache) offers a perfumed, classy bouquet of blackcurrants, toasted spices, leather and hints of garrigue in a medium-bodied, elegant and polished style. It has plenty of character and is a classy wine to drink over the coming 4-5 years.

 

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Robert Parker's Wine advocate APRIL 2017
CLOS DE SAVIGNAC

CLOS DE MÛRES

2015 France Languedoc
90 Points

The 2015 Coteaux du Languedoc Clos des Mures is an inky colored effort from this estate that has plenty of oak and modern character, yet also has terrific black raspberry and cassis fruit, hints of spice, full-bodied richness and a rounded, hedonistic texture. It’s not going to be for those craving high acidity and lightweight aromas and flavors, but it has loads to love and is well-made. The blend is 85% Syrah, 10% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre.

 

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Robert Parker's Wine advocate APRIL 2017
CLOS DE MÛRES

STECIA

2015 France Languedoc
93 Points

Jean-Claude Mas acquired this estate  in 2010, 69 rocky, limestone strewn acres at the base of Mount Baudile, just north of Pezenas. This cuvee a blend based on syrah with 25 percent grenache and 15 percent carignan comes across bright and jaynty at first, a fresh juicy draught of red, frutiy flavor. While it deepens into an earthy reichnesss with notes of coffee, smoke and garrigue, it never gives up that freshness. This is the sorth of wine that disappears quickly - its so easy to drink- and yet it has the firmess of structure to age well. 

 

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Wine & Spirits JUNE 2017
STECIA Best Buy