Cellar Picks are 12 really special wines, all 90+ points.  They are perfect for gifts or special occasions.

95-100 Classic: a great wine

90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style

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Cannubi Barolo, Italy

Tasting Notes : Damilano’s 2011 Barolo Cannubi does a great job of presenting the specific qualities that are most commonly associated with this historic vineyard site. The wine shows elegance, grace and a feminine frame that is toned, lean and muscular. The Damilano family does not own land in Cannubi and in fact they rent their acreage for a monthly sum that must indeed be hefty. But Cannubi has grown in fame partly due to the dedicated efforts of this hardworking estate. The 2011 vintage shows warm tones of leather and tobacco with candied fruit, licorice, cola and dark blackberry. Sweet spice and delicate cinnamon appear on the long finish.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate RP – 93


Bordeaux Red Blend

Napa Valley, CA

Tasting Notes :  Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Paramour Proprietary Red is my favorite of the quartet. This wine shows wonderful forest floor and floral notes, blueberry and black raspberry, a dense ruby/purple color, a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, but a sense of lightness and finesse. It’s a beautifully crafted and articulated wine with terrific precision and purity. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.”

— Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate  WA-92 Points 


Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta

Valpolicella, Italy

Tasting Notes : The 2012 Amarone is from the family’s choicest plotsin Valpolicella Classico. Their traditional approach to Amarone favors elegance and balance, with deep fruit complemented byspicy, earthy flavors.
JS – 93 James Suckling
“A red with dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas. Full-bodied, round and fruity. Soft, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Very classic style of Amarone. Drink now.”


Pinot Noir

Sonoma County, CA

Tasting Notes : “Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2013 Estate Pinot Noir Femme Fatale leads with some fragrant stemmy notes, followed by a core of warm cranberries, kirsch and underbrush plus a waft of faded roses. The elegant, fresh, medium-bodied palate gives wonderful intensity, with the stem inclusion marrying beautifully with the red berry preserves at this stage, framed by chewy tannins finishing with an herbal lift.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate 92 Points



Red Mountain, WA 

Tasting Notes : From the hot, windswept slopes of Red Mountain, the 2014 Syrah la Cote Rousse is a serious, tight, backwards effort that won’t be for those looking for instant gratification. Possessing classic Red Mountain red and black fruits, dried earth, pepper, dried spice and black olive characteristics, it’s full-bodied, beautifully textured, has flat out awesome purity and impeccable balance. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following decade or so.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 96 Points

“Les Murots”, 2012

Pinot Noir

Gevrey-Chambertin, France 

Tasting Notes :  One of the great appellations of the Côte de Nuits both in terms of size and of reputation, Gevrey-Chambertin is characterized by a wide variety of different terroirs. The nose features aromas of ripe red and black fruit against a backdrop of spicy, woody notes. Further years of ageing will bring forward animal notes of musk and fur. Full-flavored and velvety, this wine is silky, robust, tannic and well balanced. A long, beautiful finish that echoes the first nose. JS92James Suckling


56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot


Tasting Notes : The Château de Pez 2014 is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. I like the nose here: very precise and elegant with small dark cherries and candied fruit. There is an underlying mineralité that will hopefully develop further throughout its élevage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin on the entry. There is not a huge depth here, but nicely balanced with the Cabernet imparting pencil lead notes towards the linear finish. This is an excellent Château de Pez that shows more precision than recent vintages.

RP-92, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Paul Autard, 2015

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

Tasting Notes : This Paul Autard vintage is a balanced, elegant, deeply colored and vividly flavored Chateauneuf-du-Pape, due to the old vines’ naturally low yields. It brims with fresh and pure dark berry fruit and notes of black pepper and chocolate. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a rocking base cuvee that has terrific purity as well as ripe, sexy notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice and crushed flowers. It has full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and tons of charm. RP-93


Bordeaux White Blend

Pessac Leognan, France

Tasting Notes : A ripe and friendly style, with creamed gooseberry and white peach flavors, lined with lemon curd notes and backed by a whiff of shortbread on the finish. Has a lovely verbena echo that lengthens the finish. Hard to lay off now, but this has the zip for a little bit of aging. Drink now through 2019.  RP92



Chianti Classico, Italy

Tasting Notes : Ruby red appearance with rich, intense tones. Spicy nose with floral notes and hints of wild berry (red and black), accompanied by mineral impressions and light toasted notes. Spice reappears on the palate, which displays firm but supple tannins, and the finish is vigorous and taut. Overall, the wine is compelling for its flavor-rich mid-palate and supporting acidity. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate : The 2010 Chianti Classico Reserva Rancia is chiseled and focused. It offers a full spectrum of Sangiovese characteristics with balsamic herb and medicinal tones followed by crushed stone and delicate clove or nutmeg. Rancia is equally impressive in the mouth with firm structure and enduring fruit flavors. RP95

TATE Spring Street, 2016


Napa Valley, CA

Tasting Notes : The 2016 Spring Street Chardonnay from the Dillon Vineyard in Yountville was hand picked at night. The grapes arrived cold in the morning and were whole cluster pressed straight to barrel. The barrels (all French and 20% new) were moved to our cool cave which allowed for a slow fermentation over two months. After this, the malo lactic fermentation started naturally. The lees were stirred once a week over the 11 months in barrel, after which the wine was allowed to settle before racking and bottling. The wine is light gold at the core and rim. Fragrant and bright, this Chardonnay finds a nice balance between the jasmine and honey elements with the vanilla bean and custard. The mouthfeel is round without being oily as the acidity acts to refresh the palate. Stone-fruit is more apparent on the palette, particularly pear and peach blossoms. This elegant Chardonnay will age nicely over the next 5-6 years.


Sauvignon Blanc

Sonoma County, CA 

Tasting Notes :    A mélange of harvest ripe citrus perfumed with honeysuckle is the perfect entrance for this luxurious Sauvignon Blanc that hails from the infamous 2 acre ‘Shop Block’ Músque parcel at Dutton Ranch. A perfect blend of minerality and a bright clean acidity form its foundation. Notes of citrus blossoms, Meyer lemon, Mandarin orange and Bearss lime command one to linger on the nose. Subtle hints of honeydew, white nectarine, Galia melon or Fuji apple create a symphony of flavors and complete the long lasting finish of this balanced classic.