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Bid on this magnum of 2000 Montevetrano, "Montevetrano" Colli di Salerno (1.5L).
Starting Bid: $80.00

Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 2014 Bodegas Abanico "Hazaña Viñas Viejas" Rioja (92RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Hazana Vinas Viejas is simply one of the greatest values in Rioja that money can buy. A blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, this collaboration between importer Eric Solomon and the owner and winemaker has produced an absolutely amazing Rioja from 45- to 70-year-old unirrigated, head-pruned vines. Loads of lead pencil shavings, black and red currants, licorice and tobacco leaf all jump from the glass of this dense, ruby/purple wine. Soft tannins, medium to full body and fabulous intensity, make for a sensational Rioja to drink over the next 5-7 years. (RP)" (07/2015)
Starting Bid: $92.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2007 L'Aventure "Estate Cuvée" Paso Robles Red Blend (96JD, 94VN, 93WS, 91CG). Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2007 Estate Cuvée is 49% Syrah, 37% Cabernet and 14% Petit Verdot up in 100% new French oak. Another ripe, sexy red that does everything right, it offers tons of plums, blackberry jam, spice box and licorice, with hints of violets. Hitting the palate with a voluptuous, rounded, layered texture that just begs another drink, it’s right in the middle of its drink window yet can safely be kept for another decade in cool cellars." (07/2018)
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1995-1996 A. Palacios Finca Dofi, Priorat Vertical, including 1-bottle of 1995 A. Palacios Finca Dofi, Priorat and 1-bottle of 1996 A. Palacios Finca Dofi, Priorat (92WS). Of the 1996 A. Palacios Finca Dofi, Priorat,92 points Wine Spectator writes: "A good balance of ripeness and crispness gives definition to this powerful red. Raspberry and cassis flavors are clean and firm, backed by powerful tannins and high alcohol. It's aromatic and long on the finish, but needs time to harmonize and reach its full potential. Best from 2002 through 2010." (09/99)
Starting Bid: $95.00

Bid on this bottle of 1995 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (94RP, 92VN, 92WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "At the winery, I rated the 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate one point below what I gave it in the blind tasting. Nevertheless, my notes on both tastings are nearly identical. This is another winery where the 1995 may be as strong as the 1994. The color is an opaque purple. The wine is full-bodied and powerful, with classic notes of cassis intermixed with loamy soil scents, underbrush, and spice. There is massive body and elevated, but sweet tannin that is well-integrated with the wine's other components, a blockbuster mid-palate, and a finish that lasts for 30+ seconds. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025. Modern-day society seems to always be in search of new stars, but this winery has been a super hero for great California Cabernet Sauvignon for nearly 25 years! Montelena's Estate Cabernet Sauvignons are equivalent to buying blue chip stock. They get bett
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2003 Domaine Roblet-Monnot Pommard 1er Cru "Les Arvelets".
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this bottle of 2008 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah (97RP, 97WE, 95JD, 95WS, 94ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A vintage that saw rain in late September, the 2008 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard is a co-fermented blend of 90+% Syrah and the balance Viognier, that wasn’t harvested until October 10. Hitting 14.1% natural alcohol, it’s drinking beautifully today and offers a meaty, iodine, peppery and plum-pit bouquet to go with a full-bodied, refined and elegant feel on the palate. It shows more and more floral and rose petal qualities with time in the glass, has plenty of mid-palate depth and will have no issues evolving for another decade. (JD)" (06/2015)
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this bottle of 2009 Ovid Napa Valley Syrah (93RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The inky, impenetrable 2009 Syrah is another huge, huge wine loaded with fruit. Hints of melted road tar, asphalt, black olives and grilled herbs literally explode from the glass. Way too young to fully appreciate, the 2009 nevertheless boasts stunning depth to match its sheer exuberance. It will be interesting to see if the 2009 finds a little more finesse in bottle, or if it remains a wine built mostly on opulence. (AG) 93+" (12/2012)
Starting Bid: $85.00

Bid on this 8-bottle lot of 2010 Domaine Lafage "Nicolas" Grenache Noir Côtes Catalanes Vieilles Vignes (92RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Proprietor and winemaker Jean-Marc Lafage has fashioned a knock-out red wine that sells for a ridiculously low price. Made from 100% Grenache aged six months on its lees in older barrels, the 2010 Cuvee Nicolas Vieilles Vignes reveals serious glycerin along with a sexy, open-knit, fruit-forward style with oodles of raspberry, black currant, cherry and kirsch liqueur characteristics. Medium-bodied, round, supple, heady and succulent, this is a big, lusty red for true hedonists. It is one of the finest 100% Grenache cuvees currently on the market at this price point and quality level. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years. Trust me. I have not lost my mind or my palate even though I have given a $12 wine (which often can be found for even less) a 92 point score! (RP)" (06/2012)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 5-bottle lot of 2012 Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (92JS). James Suckling: "Subtle blackberry, black currant and hints of wood. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold." (07/2015)
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2011 Turley "Duarte" Contra Costa County Zinfandel (90VN, 90WS). Vinous: "Turley's 2011 Zinfandel Duarte is all about texture. Mocha, plums, spices, leather and licorice notes flesh out in a wine that shows surprising depth and volume in this vintage. A creamy, expressive finish rounds things out nicely. The Duarte is a blend of three parcels in Contra Costa, the youngest of which was planted in the 1940s. This is one of the more immediate, juicy wines in the range. (AG)" (11/2013)
Starting Bid: $75.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2012 Grassi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (92JS, 92RP, 92VN, 92WS). Vinous: "Dark blue and purplish fruit, spices, cloves, menthol and cedar are some of the many notes that flesh out as Grassi's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its open, engaging personality. This is a gorgeous, supple 2012 built on fruit, texture and exuberance, all of which make it an excellence choice for drinking over the next decade or so. Best of all, Grassi's 2012 is a terrific value in artisan, hand-made Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)" (12/2014)
Starting Bid: $80.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2009 Xavier Vignon "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (96RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are approximately 10,000 bottles of the sensational 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme, which is fashioned from an unusual blend of 25% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah and the remaining 25% Counoise, Vaccarese and other authorized varietals. Its opaque purple color is followed by a wine of extraordinary intensity. Copious notes of licorice, garrigue, underbrush, blackberries, black currants and graphite are present in this full-bodied, modern-styled, fragrant, distinctive Chateauneuf. (RP)" (10/2011)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1998-1999 d'Armailhac, Pauillac Vertical, including 1-bottle of 1998 d'Armailhac, Pauillac and 1-bottle of 1999 d'Armailhac, Pauillac (90WS). Of the 1999 d'Armailhac, Pauillac,Wine Spectator writes: "Flowers, sweet tobacco and berries on the nose follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Lovely mouthfeel. Lots of life ahead here, but delicious now. Still one of the best buys of the vintage. (Web Only- 2010)"
Starting Bid: $85.00

Bid on this bottle of 2003 Cayuse "Coccinelle" Walla Walla Valley Syrah (94WS, 92ST). Wine Spectator: "This one jumps out of the glass with ripe currant, blackberry, mineral and dusky herb flavors, finishing with a savory character that's reminiscent of salted meat. Distinctive and complex, this has miles to go before it's fully developed. " (06/2006)
Starting Bid: $90.88

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2010 Dominio de Pingus "Flor de Pingus" Ribera del Duero (94JS, 94VN, 92RP, 91WS). Vinous: "Vivid purple. Ripe cherry, cassis, potpourri and cracked pepper on the intensely perfumed nose, with subtle licorice and woodsmoke qualities adding complexity. Deep, sweet and expansive, offering explosive dark berry compote, floral pastille and anise flavors. A spicy quality gains strength on the finish, which leaves smoke and mineral notes behind. This bottling has been going from strength to strength in recent years and offers superb value relative to its ritzy Pingus sibling. (JR)" (09/2012)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2007 L'Aventure "Côte à Côte Estate" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (96RP, 95JD, 94ST, 93WE). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just as good, the 2007 Côte à Côte starts out tight and reserved, but blossoms with time in the glass, showing incredibly pure creme de cassis, black cherry, licorice and spice-driven aromas and flavors. These all flow to a full-bodied, deep, rich and layered profile on the palate that carries beautiful concentration, excellent overall purity and freshness, and a blockbuster finish. Still youthful and vibrant, with obvious structure, I think there’s some upside here, and when all is said and done, it will have upward of two decades or more of total longevity. (JD) 96+" (07/2014)
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2001 Señorío de P. Peciña "Vendimia Seleccionada" Reserva Rioja (93W&S, 92JG, 92ST, 91RP). Wine & Spirits: "A vinous Rioja, this is complex and heady rather than directly fruity, its earthy scents of roots melded with green fig. The overall impression is classical, with an intriguing gaminess that makes it a hunter's wine, one to serve with roast pigeon or other game birds." (12/2010)
Starting Bid: $92.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2013 World's End "If Six was Nine" Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (93WE, 92JS, 91RP). Wine Enthusiast: "Softened by 6% Merlot, this lovely concoction opens with a waft of smoky cigar box, becoming a bold, loud expression of the variety dotted in classic notes of cassis and cedar. A luxuriously velvety texture is the standout, though, supported by great structure and length. (VB)" (07/2016)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this bottle of 2012 Peter Michael "Le Caprice" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (98JS, 95RP, 93WS, 92ST). James Suckling: "The purity of fruit here is impressive, with raspberry, iodine and hints of mussel shell. Créme de framboise. Full body with firm, silky tannins and a long finish. The aromatics are crazy here. Great tannin structure. The finish comes out of nowhere with aniseed." (10/2014)
Starting Bid: $82.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2009 Delas Frères "Francois de Tournon" St-Joseph (94RP, 92VN). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 St.-Joseph Francois de Tournon is showing even better than it did last year out of barrel. An inky/purple color is followed by notes of graphite, smoke, blackberries, cassis, road tar and truffles. With layers of fruit, an unctuous texture and tremendous purity and depth, this stunning effort is a great sleeper of this fabulous northern Rhone vintage. It should drink well for 10-15 years or longer. (RP)" (12/2011)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this bottle of 2003 Cayuse "Impulsivo - En Chamberlin Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo.
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2002 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (97WS, 96W&S). Wine Spectator: "Loaded with mango, quince and fig fruit that works harmoniously with green almond, floral and mineral notes. Terrific creamy texture hides the latent acidity while the flavors glaze your palate on the finish. Both pure and powerful at once, this will age effortlessly. *Highly Recommended* (JM)" (10/2004)
Starting Bid: $80.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2010 Hirsch Vineyards "San Andreas Fault" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (93WE, 91ST). Wine Enthusiast: "Dry and tart in acidity, this Pinot Noir offers cherry-skin-like tannins that give the palate a brittle sensation. Give it 5-6 years to let the raspberry and cherry flavors meld with the notes of oak and mineral. It should last the next 15 years, gradually losing its fruit and gaining earthy, mushroomy complexities. *Cellar Selection* " (04/2013)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2010 Tor Kenward Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (93JS, 93ST). James Suckling: "This shows a gorgeous balance of fruit, firm tannins and tension. Lovely plum, grilled orange and berry. Subtle, complex wine. About 40% Cimarossa Vineyard, 40% Mast Vineyard and 20% Ta Kalon. Drink or hold." (05/2014)
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2003 Señorío de P. Peciña Gran Reserva Rioja (93VN). Vinous: "Deep red. The nose displays an array of ripe berry and floral qualities, complicated by suggestions of woodsmoke, spicecake and licorice. Fleshy and broad yet lively, offering sweet raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that become spicier with aeration. More energetic than the vast majority of wines from this hot vintage, finishing with excellent clarity and no obvious tannins. (JR)" (09/2014)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2010 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (90JS, 90WE). Wine Enthusiast: "This is the winery’s basic Cabernet Sauvignon, but it shows the depth and complexity of their more expensive bottlings. This really exemplifies Napa’s rich, smooth tannins and dramatically ripe black currant, anise and dark chocolate flavors. The vineyards that contributed to the blend are some of the valley’s best. It’s a blend of all five classic Bordeaux varieties, with 1% Syrah." (11/2013)
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2007-2008 Drinkward Peschon "Entre Deux Mères" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical, including 1-bottle of 2007 Drinkward Peschon "Entre Deux Mères" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (91JS) and 1-bottle of 2008 Drinkward Peschon "Entre Deux Mères" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (92RP, 90JS). Of the 2008 Drinkward Peschon "Entre Deux Mères" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Meres wraps around the palate with serious depth and power. Plums, mocha, espresso and spices all jump from the glass in this sexy, voluptuous wine. Round, sweet and inviting, the 2008 Entre Deux Meres captures the best qualities of the year. Although not super-complex, the 2008 is flat out delicious and incredibly appealing. (AG)" (12/2012)
Starting Bid: $85.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2011 Descendientes de Jose Palacios "Villa de Corullón" Mencía Bierzo (93RP, 92VN). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Corullon nearly jumps from the glass in an explosion of violets, ripe peaches and acid strawberry, the fruit darker, a touch riper, with some organic notes of humus and peat, even mushroom. You can drink it now to enjoy the exuberant, exotic profile of the wine or let it rest for three years and enjoy later. It has superb precision and length. Corullon also benefits from blending different vineyards. Drink 2016-2026. (LG)" (08/2013)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2012 Stonestreet "Estate" Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (94RP, 91WE, 90VN, 90WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As for Stonestreet’s red wines, these were by far the strongest efforts I have ever tasted from this estate. The five 2012 cuvées I tasted are all from amazing elevations. For example, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes from vineyards between 500 and 2,400 foot elevations. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Malbec aged 17 months in 30% new French oak, it exhibits an inky/blue/purple color as well as a terrific nose of wet pebbles, blueberries, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings and charcoal presented in a full-bodied, rich, concentrated style. There are 5,350 cases of this superb Cabernet Sauvignon, which has 15-20 years of evolution ahead of it. (RP)" (12/2014)
Starting Bid: $87.71

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2009 Booker "Alchemist" Paso Robles Red Blend (94JD, 94RP, 93JS, 93WS, 92ST, 92VN). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Alchemist comes across as powerful, tightly coiled and quite inward. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot add considerable structure as layers of blue and black fruit saturate the palate. This is another powerful, long wine endowed with exceptional definition and a dark, brooding personality. In 2009 the blend is 65% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 10% Grenache. The wine saw 55% new barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. (AG)" (08/2011)
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this magnum of 2006 Peter Michael "La Carrière" Sonoma County Chardonnay (1.5L) (93ST, 92RP, 90WS). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Green-tinged yellow. More precise, subtle aromas of stone fruits, minerals and nutmeg. A step up in energy and fruit intensity, with lovely clarity to the flavors of stone fruits, lemon, lime, spices and crushed rock. Finishes quite long and brisk, in need of at least a year of patience. (ST)" (05/2008)
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2010 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Lavieres" ((90-92BH), 91ST). Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This steps up the aromatic refinement while keeping the complexity with its broad nose of red berry fruit that evidence nuances of underbrush, stone and warm earth. There is good richness but also good cut and plenty of underlying tension to the medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a linear, balanced and vibrant finish. Lovely." (04/2012)
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this bottle of 2003 Frédéric Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru (94WS). Wine Spectator: "Very smoky in aroma, with a spicy note accenting the core flavors of wild cherry and kirsch. It shows a lot of finesse and a mineral element as it builds intensity across the palate. Good length, with a hint of tobacco. Best from 2009 through 2025. (BS)" (05/2006)
Starting Bid: $82.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2010 Terre Nere Brunello di Montalcino (92JS, 90VN, 90WS). James Suckling: "A flavorful yet delicately fruity wine with dried fruit, cedar and spice character. Medium body, hints of walnuts and chocolate leading to a medium finish. A little bitter on the finish from the wood maturation. " (01/2015)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2016-2017 Shafer Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2016 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (95JS, 95RP, 95WE, 93VN) and 1-bottle of 2017 Shafer "Red Shoulder Ranch" Carneros Chardonnay (92VN, 92WE, 91RP, 90WS). Of the 2016 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap is very deep purple-black in color and gives up intense Black Forest cake, black berry pie and blackcurrant cordial scents with hints of licorice, eucalyptus, espresso, tar and chargrilled beef. Full-bodied, it packs the black fruit preserves flavors and earthy accents into the palate, with a firm frame and great freshness on the finish. (LPB)" (10/2018)

Bid on this bottle of 2015 Aubert "CIX" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (100RP, 96VN, 95WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay CIX Estate has the most alluring, singular, beguiling nose so that it cannot fail to impress. Revealing notes of candied ginger, nutmeg, aniseed, apple pie and pear tart, it delivers a full-on bombastic, richly fruited and decadently creamy palate, beautifully contrasted by a seamless line of freshness, finishing multilayered and with epic persistence. Wow. (LPB)" (10/2017)
Starting Bid: $97.89

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2013 K Vintners "The Beautiful" Walla Walla Valley Syrah (95RP, 94VN, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming all from the River Rock vineyard in 2013 (It normally has a small amount from another site), the 2013 Syrah The Beautiful is a complete, medium to full-bodied, seamless and perfectly balanced Syrah that lives up to its name. Giving up lots of blackberry, licorice, wet herbs and olive aromas and flavors, I love its overall focus, tension and purity, and it certainly doesn’t lack for length. (JD)" (06/2016)
Starting Bid: $76.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2003 Domaine Geantet-Pansiot Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes.
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this bottle of 1997 Antinori "Pian delle Vigne" Brunello di Montalcino (97WS, 93WE). Wine Spectator: "Very rich and plummy, with lots of mineral and floral undertones. Full, fresh and very powerful, with big, yet silky tannins and a long aftertaste of cherry and spices. Very, very long. Still needs time. (JS, Web Only-2007)"
Starting Bid: $80.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2001 & 2007 Rieussec, Sauternes Half-Bottle Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2001 Rieussec, Sauternes (375ml) (100JS, 100WS, 95ST) and 1-bottle of 2007 Rieussec, Sauternes (375ml) ((93-96WS), (90-93ST), 92RP). Of the 2001 Rieussec, Sauternes (375ml),James Suckling writes: "This is a crazy wine! It’s sweet, but not sugary. Mushrooms, furniture wax, spices then dried oranges, lemons, pineapples, and just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with great density and power, yet balanced and refined." (05/2012)

Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2012 K Vintners "Stoneridge Vineyard" Washington Cabernet Sauvignon.
Starting Bid: $100.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2014 Booker "RLF" Paso Robles Pinot Noir (95RP, 92VN). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A change up from the 100% Grenache cuvees of the past, the 2014 RLF is 100% Pinot Noir, and it's a damn good one as well. Sporting a deeper ruby color and offering up overflowing notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, sweet oak, forest floor and a touch of marine-like saltiness, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, sexy, seamless and layered on the palate, with a terrific finish. Hats off to winemaker Eric Jensen, who's known as a Syrah and Grenache guy, for this smokin' effort. It should drink nicely through 2024 (although there's no need to hold off). As I've commented in the past, the wines from Eric Jensen at Booker are some of the most impressive releases coming out of California. While in the past, they relied on pure fruit and texture to impress, today they possess layered, elegant and complex characters paired with serious depth, richness and structure. While
Starting Bid: $80.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2013 Forman "Château La Grande Roche" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (90JG). John Gilman: "The Château la Grande Roche Cabernet Sauvignon is made by Ric Forman and the 2013 comes in at an octane level of 14.5% and offers up a complex and youthful nose of black cherries, tobacco leaf, lovely soil tones, smoke and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still quite tightly-knit, with a good core, fine soil signature, firm tannins and a long, still very primary finish. This has all of the parts in place to really be a lovely wine, but it needs time in the cellar to blossom! " (09/2015)
Starting Bid: $75.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2011 Fratelli Alessandria "Monvigliero" Barolo (96VN, 92RP, 92WS, 91WE). Vinous: "Sweet red cherries, plums, menthol, smoke, tobacco, mint and licorice are some of the notes that meld together in the 2011 Barolo Monvigliero. Sensual, layered and creamy on the palate, the 2011 speaks to balance above all else. Ripe, silky tannins add to an overall impression of finesse. It's hard to say much else, except that the 2011 hits all the right notes. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG)" (12/2015)
Starting Bid: $84.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2007 Villa Matilde Taurasi (95RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Taurasi caresses the palate with freshly cut roses, spices, red berries, mint and licorice. Bright aromas and flavors dazzle the palate while the wilder, more varietal side of Aglianico is less apparent. This is an especially silky, fragant Taurasi but it all works quite nicely. The 2007 isn’t the most varietal Taurasi readers will come across, but it more than makes up for that with a level of pure immediacy and sheer appeal that guarantees it will drink nicely right out of the gate. Villa Matilde excels with a wide range of wines. The house style favors textural richness and depth. At times, varietal expression can take a bit of a back seat, but the wines more than compensate for that with their extraordinary personalitites. In particular, I found a number of the reds to be simply dazzling this year. Many of these wines are also great values. (AG)" (02/2013)
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2015 Beringer "Luminus" Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Chardonnay (93VN, 93WE, 91WS). Vinous: "The 2015 Chardonnay Luminus is terrific in this vintage. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper are front and center. The decision to partially block the malolactic fermentation results in a Chardonnay endowed with striking nuance and energy. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. (AG)" (12/2016)
Starting Bid: $80.00

Bid on this bottle of 1997 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (98WS). Wine Spectator: "Absolutely gorgeous nose, with plum, Indian spices and blackberry. Full-bodied, with lots of dark chocolate, spices and vanilla. This is so young. Wonderfully silky and refined. I always loved the mint, berry and spice character in this wine and the layers of fruit and fine tannins. Amazing.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best from 2009 through 2020. (JS, Web Only-2007)"
Starting Bid: $90.00

Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2005 & 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2005 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95WE, 91CG, 90RP) and 1-bottle of 2008 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (94W&S, 91WE). Of the 2005 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,Wine Enthusiast writes: " A massive wine that absolutely demands time in the cellar, Lancaster’s ’05 is nearly all Cabernet, with tiny amounts of the other four Bordeaux varieties. It stuns with the power and authenticity of its hilly Cabernet origins, offering vast black currant, orange rind, anise and smoky oak flavors that implode on the palate. But the tannins are hard. It should blossom and fully come into its own after 2010. *Cellar Selection*" (10/2008)
Starting Bid: $95.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2013 Albert Mann Pinot Gris Hengst Grand Cru Alsace (95VN, 94JS, 93RP). Vinous: "Vivid yellow. The powerful nose of ripe apple, pear nectar, clover honey and sweet spices also hints at truffle. Dense, pure ripe pear and strawberry flavors are supported by the outstanding acid/sugar balance. The rising finish is long and penetrating. By far Mann’s best Pinot Gris this year and, in my view, his best wine of the year. (ID)" (02/2016)
Starting Bid: $87.71