Terrific deal on a REAL Napa Valley Merlot. The Ahnfeldts are calling it a career and you benefit from their closing up shop. This one was 'aided' by the consultancy of Paul Hobbs, who put his juicy, supple, richly velvet sheen on this bottling sourced from southside Napa fruit. A steal!
90 Points! The outstanding 2005 Proprietary Red Corley is a blend of 54% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot, 10% Syrah and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a heck of a value, especially from high-priced Napa Valley. It offers up loads of perfume, especially flowers, red and black fruits, and forest notes. It is soft, round, opulent, medium to full-bodied, and very seductive. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #219 June 2015
100 Points! A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc aged in 40% new oak, the 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is deep purple-black in color and quite reticent at this youthful stage to begin, offering up subtle notions of potpourri, Indian spices, cigar box and iron ore over a core of crushed blackberries and black cherries with intermittent wafts of black and red currants, new leather and smoked meats. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a densely packed mid-palate and oodles of freshness framed by very ripe, finely grained tannins and laced with compelling earthy accents. It offers incredible vibrancy with tons of black and red fruit sparkle in the mid-palate leading to a provocative mineral element on the very long finish. If I could give more than 100 for this one, I would. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com
96+ Points! Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Proprietary Red Wine gives up bold notes of fresh blackcurrants, black cherries and wild blueberries with hints of cigar box, tilled soil, dried bay leaves and smoked meats plus a hint of lavender. Medium-bodied and fantastically intense in the mouth, it has a wonderful core of muscular fruit and a firm, ripe, fine-grained frame to match, finishing very long. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com Learn More
93 Points! A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 13% Charbono, 6% Grenache and 5% Petite Sirah, the 2016 Disciples is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with gorgeous notions of hoisin, Black Forest cake, prunes and potpourri with hints of black pepper, unsmoked cigars and cloves. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and oh-so-spicy, it fills the palate with decadent fruit and a plush texture, finishing with a lively lift. 3,924 cases produced. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
95 Points! A blend of 62% Zinfandel, 32% Petite Sirah and 6% Merlot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 G.B. Crane Vineyard el Coco sings of dried plums, cherry cordial and Christmas pudding with nuances of potpourri, Ceylon tea, roses and Chinese five spice. Wow—the palate is super concentrated with voluptuous fruit and a plush frame plus plenty of freshness, finishing very long. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com
91 Points! A fruit-forward style but not one that's overdone with plenty of plum and currant character. Full body and a velvety finish. Blend of mostly cabernet with merlot, malbec, petit verdot and cabernet franc. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
95+ Points! Comprised of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 8% Malbec, the 2014 Margaret and is very deep purple-black in color with lovely blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar, violet, cloves and cinnamon stick notes plus a touch of chocolate. Medium-bodied, taut and muscular, this blend has commendably firm tannins with a very long baking spice laced finish. A very classy Bordeaux Blend indeed. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
92 Points! A blend mainly of Grenache and Syrah with some Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre and Mission coming mostly from Paso Robles and Mendocino, the 2015 Emancipation Red has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and sexy, provocative nose of kirsch, raspberry tart and dried roses with touches of Chinese five spice, cracked pepper, sandalwood and earth. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers mouth-filling red berry preserves and spice box flavors with silken tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and perfumed. - Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
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97 Points! Aromas of blue fruits, blackberries, tile and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh, bright finish. Layered and intense with white-pepper and salt undertones. Love the finish to this racy young wine. Beautiful blue fruits! Drink in 2020 and onwards. From biodynamic grapes. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.
94 Points! A Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah blend brought up in 85% new French oak, the 2015 Bolt Cutter sports a deep inky color as well as full-bore notes of black, black fruits, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, and smoked earth. With full body and a rounded, sexy, mouthfilling style, it has some tannins and is beautifully balanced. It’s one perfect steakhouse red! - Jeb Dunnuck
95 Points! A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Grenache, the 2015 Fleur De Solene from Guillaume is a ripe, sexy wine that shows the more elegant, focused style of the vintage. Possessing full-bodied richness, notable tannin, impeccable balanced and lots of cassis, black raspberry, crushed violet and charcoal aromatics, this beauty will continue drinking nicely for at least a decade. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
94-97 Points! The 2017 My Favorite Neighbor is in the same ballpark and offers terrific notes of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, and cedary herbs. It’s a full-bodied, silky, impeccably balanced beauty that has just subtle background oak, a stacked mid-palate, and terrific purity of fruit. - Jeb Dunnuck
96 Points! The 2016 Oublie offers exotic notes of ripe blueberries, crushed violets, peppery spice, and blood orange in its full-bodied, beautifully pure, elegant profile. It has ripe tannins, good acidity, and is an undeniably beautiful wine. A blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre that saw plenty of stems, drink this sexy red any time over the coming 7-8 years. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
98 Points! The same blend as the straight Vertigo (52% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 18% Mourvèdre), the 2016 Vertigo 22 offers a similar profile of deep, decadent notes of blueberries, graphite, smoked earth, and asphalt. More closed, backward, and dense than the classic cuvée, this full-bodied, incredibly layered, multi-dimensional effort needs 2-3 years or bottle age and will cruise in cold cellars over the following 10-15 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
94 Points! The 2010 Cenyth is composed of 54% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. The alcohol is 13.4% and the fruit was sourced from the same vineyards. Very Bordeaux-like (no doubt due to the lower alcohol profile), it offers up notes of red and black currants, cedarwood, spice box, vanillin, licorice, underbrush and unsmoked cigar tobacco. The wine reveals fine-grained tannins and beautiful density and richness. Compared to the 2009, which is a Medoc-like blend, the 2010 is more of a right bank St.-Emilion-styled wine. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #210, December 2013
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96-98 Points! Lastly, the 2017 Vertigo checks in as 63% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 4% Grenache, and the balance Petite Sirah that’s still aging in 65% new French oak. One of the more voluptuous, sexy 2017s from Jenson, it boasts loads of black and blue fruits, ground pepper, and spring flower aromas and flavors. Deep, full-bodied, ultra-pure, and with a big finish, it’s killer wine in the making. - Jeb Dunnuck