Published in June 2014

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Château Ausone 2011 Red (Saint-Émilion)

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  1. $826

Combining power with great elegance, this wine displays superripe, rich fruits that are restrained by velvet tannins and the delicious perfumed character from Cabernet Franc in the blend. Juicy, rich, structured, it’s a beautiful wine with a great future. Drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2014)
97
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Château Pétrus 2011 Red (Pomerol)

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  1. $2000

This extravagantly perfumed wine has great juicy, ripe fruits. The tannic structure is almost secondary in the welter of ripe fruits, but it is enough to promise aging. Acidity and rich fruitiness partner each other to give a wine that is both fresh and powerful. Drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2014)
96
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Marimar Estate 2010 Doña Margarita Vineyard Chico’s Run Unfiltered Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  1. $55

The perfume on this Pinot Noir is so gorgeous, you’re tempted to just smell it. It gives off waves of raspberry Newton cookie, fig, orange zest and vanilla bean, and the flavors are even richer. So much power in such a delicately structured wine, it’s a real achievement. The garnet color is as translucent as glass, the acidity is perfect and the alcohol gives the…

 — S.H.  (6/1/2014)
96
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Von Strasser 2011 Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain)

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  1. $80

To call this Cabernet huge is an understatement. The tannins are hard and dramatic. As for the fruit, you can hardly find strong enough descriptors. It shows blackberry jam and black currants, cassis liqueur and minerals raised to fabulous mountain concentration. Violets and oak add to the equation. Somehow it all balances out, resulting in a wine of unusual grace…

 — S.H.  (6/1/2014)
96
points

Laird 2010 Flat Rock Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville)

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  1. $105

It’s not just the fruit, which is immaculately ripe in blackberries and black currants. The wine also stands out for the richness of the oak, so perfectly integrated, and the overall balance. Beautiful acidity and thick, rich, supple tannins come along with a gorgeous, long, dry finish. The vineyard is in Yountville. You’ll want to cellar this 100% Cab until at…

 — S.H.  (6/1/2014)
96
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Roche de Bellene 2011 Pinot Noir (Bonnes-Mares)

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  1. $480

This wine has great power along with magnificently rich fruit. Wood aging provides a judicious support to its fullness and opulence. Acidity, black cherries and red berry fruits come together with firm tannins. Combined they are already in balance, but the wine needs to wait. Drink from 2018.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2014)
96
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Roche de Bellene 2011 Pinot Noir (Chambertin)

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  1. $496

This most powerful of Grand Cru vineyards has yielded another blockbuster. Even in the 2011 vintage, the wine is a massive statement, packed with rich fruits, dark tannins and layers of blackberry and juicy acidity. The wine has a dry texture, that will soften slowly over many years. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2014)
95
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Brick House 2011 Evelyn’s Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)

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  1. $60

Honoring winemaker Doug Tunnell’s mother Evelyn, this reserve bottling is a blend of barrels and clones, and yields the most concentrated of the Brick House 2011 Pinot Noirs. Cherry blossom scents give way to a solidly built wine with firm fruit flavors of plum and boysenberry preserves. A hint of pretty chocolate shines through the extended finish, bolstered with…

 — P.G.  (6/1/2014)
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