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CHAPPELLET

“Pritchard Hill” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

(Napa Valley, California) $210

Chappellet’s PH cabernets always have a dark, sexy personality. They’re majestic wines, tight and even angular when young, but always hugely expressive and delicious.

95 points KM

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GROTH

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

(Oakville, Napa Valley, CA)

Groth is like the Margaux of Napa Valley—it can be depended on to be elegant, beautifully modulated, structured, classic cabernet in every way. Plush but never overdone.

95 points KM

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CALERA

“Jensen Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2015

(Mt. Harlan, California) $90

When they first came out, the Calera pinots were among the first in California with cult status. This shows why. Complex, with lots of gravitas.

94 points KM

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THREE STICKS

“Walala Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2015

(Sonoma Coast, California) $70

This pinot has sheer beauty plus a core of dark richness. Kinetically alive on the palate.

95 points KM

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EISELE VINEYARD

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

(Napa Valley, California) $499

Breathtakingly expensive. But SO breathtaking as a wine. It has a lit-from-within ethereal quality that only the greatest cabernets possess.

98 points KM

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RIDGE

“Monte Bello” Red Blend 2014

(Santa Cruz Mountains, California) $199

Beautiful foresty aromas reveal a cabernet that’s both tightly concentrated and wonderfully lifted and fresh at the same time. Sock it away for a decade.

95 points KM

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WALT

“Savoy Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2015

(Anderson Valley, California) $75

Long, supple, earthy and spicy. The famous Savoy vineyard is known for exquisitely silky pinots.

93 points KM

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GONET-MEDEVILLE

Champagne Premier Cru Brut NV

(Champagne, France) $42

Crystalline crisp, spicy and vivid. I love Champagnes that dance in your mouth.

93 points KM

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FORCE MAJEURE

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

(Red Mountain, Washington) $92

A force of Nature. Firm, powerfully structured, built to last. Nice rich core of blackberry fruit in the center.

92 points KM

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MATTHEWS

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

(Columbia Valley, Washington) $57

Understated in the way young Bordeaux can be, but beautifully balanced, classic, and very satisfying.

91 points KM