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Where available, tasting scores and notes are by Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website www.erobertparker.com  or Stephen Tanzer (ST) from www.wineaccess.com
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    RED Wine      
    BIEN NACIDO ESTATE
Antonio Galloni - "Simply put, Bien Nacido Estate is now one of the hottest wineries in California. Readers owe it to themselves to check out these, superb, hand crafted wines".
     
3
75cl
PINOT NOIR
Solomon Hills Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley
Bien Nacido Estate

Antonio Galloni -
The 2012 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard is superb. Beams of acidity and tannin run through a core of dark red and bluish-hued fruit. Cloves, lavender and violets develop in the glass, adding considerable nuance. The 2012 is bright, focused and impeccably balanced from start to finish.
2012 £47.00 AG94
2016-25

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5
75cl
SYRAH
Santa Maria Valley

Bien Nacido Estate

Antonio Galloni -
The 2012 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyards is a real stunner. Inky blue and purplish fruit, cloves, lavender, mint and blood orange infuse a core of intense fruit as the 2012 shows off its pedigree. Remarkably vivid and precise, the 2012 boasts exceptional textural finesse in a translucent, weightless style that is intense but never heavy. Striking perfume lingers in the empty glass. A drop of Viognier rounds out the blend.
2012 £49.00 AG96
2017-25

 

           
    CHATEAU MONTELENA
RP - "
I was very impressed with the wines I tasted at Chateau Montelena. Bo Barrett and his team are going for a food-friendly style. They certainly appear to be succeeding in the endeavour. The signature wines are the Chardonnay and the two Cabernet Sauvignons".
   
 
38
75cl
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Napa Valley
Chateau Montelena

RP/Antonio Galloni -
A big, mouth filling wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, shows the personality of the vintage in its intense fruit. There is plenty of underlying structure in this deep, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon. Mint, flowers and sweet red berries are some of the nuances that are woven into the finish. This is far from an easygoing Napa Cabernet. Although delicious today, it should drink well for a number of years. Another year or so in bottle should help the elements come together even more fully. The 2010 is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot.
2010 £39.00 RP/AG92
2014-23

 

NOTE: This wine is their regular cuvee and not the Estate version

           
    PHILIP TOGNI
RP -
This is a breathtaking set of wines from Philip, Birgitta and Lisa Togni. Philip Togni hardly needs an introduction to lovers of fine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Since his epic 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon at Chappellet, Togni has crafted a series of impeccable, breathtaking wines.
   
RP - The iconic “mountain man,” Philip Togni has made many great wines that have clearly stood the test of time. The oldest vintages I have in my cellar go back to the mid-eighties, and I always recommend that purchasers of Togni’s wines forget them for at least ten years.
12
75cl
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Philip Togni

RP -
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate’s dense ruby/purple colour is followed by notes of crème de cassis, liquorice, mulberries and spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, it cuts a broad swath between a great Médoc and a Napa Valley Cabernet. There is still some tannin to shed, should be at its peak in 4-5 years, and drink well for 20-25 years.
2012 £85.00 RP95
2015-29
11
75cl
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Philip Togni

RP -
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon impresses for its length and total class. Mocha, game, smoke, graphite and plums are all supported by veins of cool, insistent minerality. This isn’t a blockbuster Cabernet, rather it is a wine that impresses for its finesse and precision. Sweet red cherries, mint, pencil shavings and violets are some of the notes that are layered into the super-refined finish. As always, Togni’s Cabernet Sauvignon is distinguished for an extraordinary bouquet that recalls some of the great wines of the Medoc and the structure to age gracefully for years. It will be interesting to see if the 2010 blossoms in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040.
2010 £110.00 RP96
2020-40
           
    WHITE Wine      
    BIEN NACIDO ESTATE
Antonio Galloni - "Simply put, Bien Nacido Estate is now one of the hottest wineries in California. Readers owe it to themselves to check out these, superb, hand crafted wines".
     
4
75cl
CHARDONNAY
Solomon Hills Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley
Bien Nacido Estate

Antonio Galloni -
The 2013 Chardonnay Solomon Hills boasts superb breadth and intensity, with an element of pure power that is impossible to miss. The flavours are dense, stony and mineral-driven to the core. Today, the 2013 is a baby, but it also offers outstanding potential. I preferred it slightly to the Bien Nacido.
2013 £38.00 AG95+
2017-25

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    RIDGE VINEYARDS
A TOP Estate, always high quality wines for the discerning enthusiast.
     
9
75cl
MONTE BELLO CHARDONNAY
Ridge Vineyards

RP/William Kelley -
On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and very concentrated, with almost chewy levels of extract and considerable power, underpinned by succulent acids and concluding with a grippy, chalky finish. One senses the concentration of the 2013 more after a few years of bottle age than one did a few years ago, and it's incredibly clear that this will be a long haul vintage of Monte Bello Chardonnay.
2013 £56.00 RP94
2018-28
           


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