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Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (RP92/WS90)

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Italy, Tuscany

Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Riserva 2009

產區:Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

品種:80% Sangiovese, 20% Malvasia Nera, Merlot & Cabernet Franc.

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Jun 2012):

The 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Ama is striking. Dark red cherries, flowers, mint, licorice and spices caress the palate in this fleshy, generous Chianti Classico. The radiance of the fruit is suggestive of a warm year, but the tannic profile, medium body and overall structure is more similar to that of a colder vintage. In 2009 Ama did not bottle their single vineyard selections; all of the best fruit went into the Castello di Ama bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.

90 points Wine Spectator (Aug 2013):

Presents an enticing aroma, with lush cherry, plum, underbrush and chocolate notes carrying through on the palate. Complex, this will need time for the firm tannins to be resolved. Fine length. Drink now through 2022.


Chateau Certan Marzelle Pomerol 2006

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Bordeaux, Pomerol

Chateau Certan Marzelle Pomerol 2006

品種:100% Merlot

Château Certan-Marzelle combines, in a unique way, both tradition and modernism. Sharing its denomination with Vieux Château Certan and Château Certan de May, the property was originally part of Château Certan Giraud. 

Unlike its mythical neighbors, Château Certan Marzelle is planted with 100% Merlot, and its 20 year-old vines produce wines with great softness and charm. This wine is to be enjoyed in its youth as well as after a few years of aging.

89 points The Wine Advocate: 

Another tightly knit wine, despite the fact it is made from 100% Merlot and was showing an opulent, flamboyant character from barrel, this wine now displays excellent density, sweet black cherry fruit intermixed with pain grille, hints of crushed rock, and a distinct earthiness. There is plenty of density, but the wine exhibits relatively high tannins in the finish and seems to be going through an extremely closed state. Give it 3-4 years and drink it over the following 15.


Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon 2009 (NM93,JS90)

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Chateau Montlandrie, Cotes de Castillon 2009

品種:Merlot : 75% , Cabernet Franc : 25%

93 points Neal Martin, robertparker.com  01 September 2011:

Do not ignore this wonderful Cotes de Castillon! It has a beautiful, vibrant bouquet with very expressive Cabernet Franc. Wonderful delineation here with hints of crushed rose petals and vivacious red fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins. There is a real fleshiness here from the Merlot, but the Cabernet Franc completes the picture with the hints of tobacco on the finish. Superb.

90 points James Suckling, 15 February 2012:

A wine with dried berries such as strawberries and blueberries. Hints of dried lemon peel. Very vibrant. Full body, with chewy tannins that are polished and fine. From the same owner of L'Eglise Clinet. Better in 2014.

89 points Robert Parker, robertparker.com, 01 March 2012:

From the famed proprietor Denis Durantou, who is better known for his famous Pomerol, L-Eglise Clinet, this wine is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Dense purple in color, with a boatload of tannin but also impressive levels of extract and richness, for a 2009 this wine needs some patience from its purchaser. It was more hedonistic from barrel, but it actually seems even more seriously endowed from bottle, and I would hold off drinking it for a year or so, as it should keep for at least a decade or more.

Château Montlandrie is situated in Cotes de Castillon and is owned the brilliant Denis Durantou, owner of Châteu L’Eglise Clinet in Pomerol as well as vines with Château Saintayme, Château Cruzelles and Château Chenade - who purchased the property in 2009. The terroir is similar to some of the best sites in St Emilion with a typical blend, 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite supple tannins. The acidity is just about perfect and there is great poise on the grippy, saline finish. Stunning purity and balance – every element is carefully polished to perfection. 2012 is drinking beautifully now, but will continue to evolve. Excellent buy considering the vintage and the pedigree name attached to this wine.


Clos de L'Obac - Costers del Siurana Priorat 1995 年產150箱(RP96)

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Clos de L'Obac Priorat 1995

產區:Priorat, Spain

96 points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 113 Oct 1997

The profound 1995 Clos de l'Obac, with a total production of 150 cases, is an unfiltered wine that pushes extraction and intensity to the limit. Aged in 100% new French oak casks, it offers an opaque purple color, and huge, intense, unevolved but impressive aromas of kirsch, cassis, and blackberries intermingled with smoky, toasty oak. The wine possesses awesome concentration, phenomenal fruit extraction, and an explosive, tannic, glycerin-endowed, long finish. Compared to previous vintages of this wine, the 1995 is a backward, tannic, vin de garde that needs a minimum of 8-10 years of cellaring! This is a wine with 30-40 years of longevity, but readers unwilling to invest in a decade of patience will be disappointed in its performance. It is an exquisite, classic, uncompromising wine! Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.


Galatrona Petrolo 2010 WA96/JS95/Vinous 94+/WS94

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Italy, Tuscany

Galatrona Petrolo 2010

100% Merlot from Italy Tuscany

96 points Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (208), August 2013:

A massive expression of Merlot, the 2010 Galatrona is heaven-sent. The layers are infinite here spanning dark fruit, spice and chocolate. I fall in love with this wine year after year. The mouth is caressed with stirring complexity and fine tannins that feel silky and smooth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.

95 points James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, August 2012:

Aromas of black olives, violets and fresh fruit follow through to a full body, with a dense palate of dark fruits and olives. Long and polished. Handmade wine. You sense it. Pure Merlot sensation. Try in 2014.

94+ Ian d'Agata, vinous.com, September 2012:

(100% merlot): Full, saturated ruby. Extremely pure aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, violet, minerals and cocoa. Lush and silky but precise too, with rich, tactile black fruit and mineral flavors lifted by harmonious acidity. The slow-building finish features ripe but very silky tannins and wonderful purity of flavor. A more refined Galatrona than some recent, more tannic versions; cellar it for another four or five years to allow it to build further complexity and depth.

94 points Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2013:

The chocolate and cocoa notes highlight the black cherry, blackberry and pomegranate flavors in this dense red. Flamboyant, showing plenty of oak, this remains vibrant, intense and long, with a spicy aftertaste. Merlot. Best from 2016 through 2026. 500 cases imported.



La Petite Eglise Pomerol 2011 年產850箱

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Bordeaux, Pomerol

La Petite Eglise (2nd label of Ch. Eglise Clinet) 2011

產區: Pomerol, Bordeaux

品種: 100% Merlot
La Petite Eglise 是波爾多 Pomerol 區著名酒莊 Chateau l’Eglise-Clinet 的副牌,個性與風味近似於正牌 l’Eglise-Clinet。酒中帶有優美圓熟的莓果、泥土與樹皮芬芳,中度飽滿,單寧堅實,可即飲。

1882 年時,現任莊主 Denis Durantou 的曾曾祖父將當時 Clos de l’Eglise 與 Domaine de Clinet 兩家的葡萄園合併,創立了 Chateau l’Eglise-Clinet。時至今日,葡萄園面積約有 5.5 公頃,不過真正釀造l’Eglise-Clinet的僅有3.5公頃,其餘的全釀成副牌 La Petite Eglise 出售。園內種植了許多老樹,平均年齡約45年,有 85% 的 Merlot 及15 % 的 Cabernet Franc 葡萄。

近幾年l’Eglise-Clinet 已成功躍升為 Pomerol 精英酒莊之列,除了坐落於緩坡上,土壤及地理條件相當優秀外,Denis Durantou 對葡萄園悉心照料與崇尚自然的釀酒技術亦是l’Eglise-Clinet 成功的主因之一。(他將大部分的時間花在照料葡萄園,釀酒方法相當簡單。) Chateau l’Eglise-Clinet 的風格圓滑多汁、是有著豐富濃郁果味的 Pomerol 紅酒。  網址: www.denis-durantou.com

Only 850 cases was produced in 2011, aged in 50% new oak.

89-91 Points Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

The Deuxieme Vin of La Petite Eglise is pure Merlot picked on 16th September that is aged in 50% new barrels. It has a refined bouquet with pure blackberry and raspberry with well-integrated creamy new oak that does not impede upon the fruit profile. With time it offers a touch of cedar that is very attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive balance and a silky smooth texture. It has some oak to subsume so it will need 3-4 years in bottle, though it does not have the tension or persistency one can find in the 2009 or 2010. Still, this is very fine and probably will be good value. Tasted April 2012.

95 Points Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

The second wine of L'Eglise Clinet is better than many châteaux's top wines in 2011. This is extremely fine and aromatic, more open than it often is at such a young age, with sweet fruitcake and red cherries on the palate, filigree tannins and a classy, perfumed finish. It's denser than it seems at first, and should age well. 10+ years.


Le Volte dell' Ornellaia 2013

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Italy, Tuscany

Le Volte dell' Ornellaia 2013
產區:Tuscany, Italy
品種:50% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Points James Suckling - "A young red with solid tannin power and plenty of ripe and flavorful fruit. Currants and ripe strawberries. Full body, and a fresh finish, although this is a little austere and hard now. Try in 2017 as tannins soften."

90 Points Wine Spectator - "Dark flavors of black cherry and blackberry pick up a pleasant leafy edge as this juicy red stretches out on the finish. Needs time to integrate, with a long aftertaste of fruit and mineral. Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2018 through 2026. "


Manoir de Gay Pomerol 2011

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Bordeaux, Pomerol

Manoir de Gay Pomerol 2011

產區: Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

品種:100% Merlot, aged in oak casks for 18-20 months.

2nd wine of Chateau Le Gay, aged in oak casks for 18-20 months. Located in the vicinity of Château Pétrus, this small estate shares history with the property across the road, Chateau Lafleur. 

The wine is pure Merlot from the younger vines in the field. Made with the same means and the same jurisdiction as “Castle Gay”, the critically acclaimed wine, the second is particularly attractive. Elegant and generous Pomerol, marked by a great fruity flavor, it is an interesting price / quality ratio.

89-92 points - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Web Only 2012)

Starts slow but picks up steam in a hurry, with toasted anise, plum cake and fig notes which are darker and richer in profile than most Pomerols in 2011. Nice fleshy feel through the finish. Score range: 89-92”

87 points  Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #212 

The 2011 Manoir de Gay offers a combination of crushed rock and raspberry characteristics along with vivid minerality in addition to blue and red fruits. This medium-bodied, well-made second wine clearly reflects its more prestigious sibling. Consume it over the next 6-8 years.


Mollydooker The Scooter 2014

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Australia, Mclaren Vale

產區:Mclaren Vale, Australia


Winemaker's Tasting Note (The Scooter Mollydooker 2014): The Scooter attracts attention with its deep violet colour and profound fruit flavour. A perfumed nose of dark cherries, fresh plum and touches of caramel lead the way to a silky mouth feel of softened red currants and licorice spice. The subtle tannins, cedar oak and balance of rich fruit, beautifully exemplify this McLaren Vale Merlot.


Vilafonte series M 2013

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Vilafonte series M 2013

Region:  Stellenbosch, South Africa

The Wine Advocate : 91 points

Tasting Note: “Kirsch, black cherry, dark chocolate and cassis all abouund on the nose and palate. This is enticing and very plush with a good cherry and damson fruit core. Granular with ripe tannins and although there is clearly high levels of glycerol and sweetness of fruit it is all managed and held in check. The dollop Malbec gives a black pepper and spicey edge to the wine, the Merolt giving weight and roundness and the Cabernet Sauvignon keeping the structure”.

Series M takes its name from the Malbec and Merlot which predominantly define the style of this wine. Series M is sensuous wine with a firm core structure for aging. Malbec provides its black fruit aromas and fleshy texture, Merlot adds softness and red fruit aromas, and Cabernet Sauvignon provides structure.

About Vilafonte:
Vilafonté is the first American and South African joint wine-making venture within the global wine community. This ground-breaking red wine project is a partnership between a well respected group of 'quality driven' wine specialists from South Africa and the United States. The name, Vilafonté, derives from the primary soil type of the 100 acre estate, whose character forms the foundation of the wines.

Zelma Long is Head Winemaker for the Vilafonté project. Zelma is one of America's best known winemakers. One of the first women to study enology and viticulture at U.C. Davis, she began her winemaking career at Robert Mondavi Winery, rapidly working into the Chief Winemaker position.

Vilafonté's General Manager is Michael Ratcliffe. Mike qualified as a business major before attending the University of Adelaide. Mike is Managing Director of his family estate, Warwick which is recognized as one of South Africa's foremost wine estates.

Phil Freese is head 'wine-grower' and creator of the Vilafonté vineyard which he calls "Different by Design". Phil spent 13 years as Robert Mondavi’s Vice-President of Wine Growing. Phil designed the first Opus One vineyards, and initiated the remote sensing project with NASA that has spawned a new wave of tools for viticulture analysis and quality enhancement.