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  1. Arbalest, Bordeaux 2015

    Arbalest, Bordeaux 2015

    BEFORE you check your eyes, round file this email, or think that someone is playing a hoax on you; YES this is a BORDEAUX email from Jeff W., your CAB MAN. I think that in this case I've got a few legs to stand on. This wine is the perfect California/Bordeaux tie in. There isn't a better $20 Bordeaux that drinks like $40 on the market.

    First, the winemaker is Benoit Touquette (the winemaker at Hartwell, Realm, Kata, and his own label, which you may be familiar with, Fait Main (Teeter Totter)). Benoit who was born in Bordeaux, and moved to Napa Valley to work with some of the best grapes in the world, has been mentored by Michel Rolland and Andy Erickson (Dalla Valle, Spottswoode, and Screaming Eagle).

    Second, Arbalest is a collaborative effort between Benoit and importer/distributor Kimberly Jones. Let's just say that Kimberly has a knack for finding and distributing the BEST Cabernet Sauvignon lineup in the state. If great Cabernet were a needle in a haystack she'd find it. The Arbalest came into being while Kimberly and Benoit travelled together in France and believed that they could make a better more reasonably priced Bordeaux.

    This is Bordeaux made in the "California Style". The aromas and flavors are dripping with lush juicy full bodied fruit, boasting and abundance of dark fruit flavors and possessing an incredibly rich texture and silky smooth tannins.

    The Arbalest displays unctuous aromas of deep dark blue florals, blackberry, boysenberry pomegranate and plum along with hints of graphite, crushed granite, wisps of truffle and forest floor; the aromatic palette is big, prominent and beautiful.

    The flavors are full bodied and well integrated showing rich ripe layers of blueberry, crème de cassis, black cherry compote, kirsch, wisps of smoke, fresh turned soil, truffle, cola and boysenberry. The texture, depth and concentration are where the "California" shines through. Deep, luscious, concentrated and palate coating the Arbalest is a winner through and through.

    Benoit and Kimberly have combined the best of both worlds and done so for a price that you won't believe. If it's good enough to win over your Cab Man; it's GOTTA be GOOD!! Get a case while I've got it! You won't regret it. Learn More
  2. Castegens Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2009

    Castegens Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2009

    The Château overlooks the Dordogne valley above the village of Castillon-la-Bataille, adjacent to its prestigious neighbour Saint Emilion, only 8 km away. The vineyards are planted on the upper part of predominantly south facing slopes which provide excellent natural drainage and optimum exposure to the sun. Learn More
  3. Charmes de Kirwan Margaux 2010

    Charmes de Kirwan Margaux 2010

    92 points Wine Advocate - As always, this estate has produced a blockbuster style of Margaux in 2010, with the more masculine side of the appellation providing density, power, big body, loads of fruit, extract and richness. This wine is powerful and concentrated, but by no means excessively extracted. Dense purple, muscular, deep and impressive, it is a wine that allows for no compromise among wine lovers. Forget it for 6-10 years and drink it over the following 20-40 years. Learn More
  4. Chateau Brane-Cantenac Le Baron de Brane, Margaux 2010

    Chateau Brane-Cantenac Le Baron de Brane, Margaux 2010

    89-92 points Wine Spectator - Bright and intensely floral, with a lovely violet aroma and long, rich plum sauce, blackberry and currant notes. There's lush toast, but it's nicely integrated. Very suave. Learn More
  5. Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2010

    Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2010

    95 points Wine Advocate - "With a gorgeously evolved, extremely complex bouquet of forest floor, spring flowers, lead pencil shavings and red and black currants, this full-bodied, dense, ruby/plum/purple-colored wine hits the palate with an opulent, fleshy, full-bodied richness, silky tannins, and a very layered, profoundly concentrated style that is, at the same time, both powerful and sublime. This gorgeous wine from proprietor Henri Lurton will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and evolve for 25-30 years." Learn More
  6. Chateau Branon, Pessac-Leognan 2008

    Chateau Branon, Pessac-Leognan 2008

    92 points Wine Advocate - A sleeper of the vintage, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2008 Branon displays chocolatey, earthy undertones intermixed with black currants and Asian plum sauce. Medium to full-bodied, rich, impressively endowed, supple and evolved, it can be drunk over the next 10-12 years. Learn More
  7. Chateau Carbonnieux Rouge, Pessac-Leognan 2014

    Chateau Carbonnieux Rouge, Pessac-Leognan 2014

    92 points Wine Advocate - The 2014 Carbonnieux Rouge has a delightful, clean and pure bouquet with gravel and sous-bois scents neatly interwoven into the blackberry fruit. It feels quite understated, but it gains intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a keen line of acidity that lends this impressive tension and vibrancy. There is not enormous length here, but the sorbet-like freshness wins you over. Keep in the cellar for 2-3 more years and then enjoy over the next 15-18 years. Learn More
  8. Chateau Chantelune, Margaux 2012

    Chateau Chantelune, Margaux 2012

    90 points Wine Spectator - "Lovely plush plum and blackberry fruit is carried by a well-integrated cocoa note before giving way to ganache and black tea accents on the velvety finish. Nicely done. Drink now through 2020. 816 cases made." Learn More
  9. Chateau Cos d'Estournel 'Les Pagodes de Cos', Saint-Estephe 2009

    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 'Les Pagodes de Cos', Saint-Estephe 2009

    94 points Wine Advocate -"The brilliant 2009 Les Pagodes de Cos actually has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than the grand vin (69% versus 65%) in addition to mostly Merlot and a small quantity of Petit Verdot. As powerful as the Cos in terms of alcoholic clout (14.5%), the full-bodied, round, generous Les Pagodes de Cos exhibits lots of creme de cassis and floral notes intermixed with hints of wood/barrique and spice. Juicy, succulent and remarkably fresh and well-delineated, it merits considerable attention from consumers. It should drink well for 15-20 years. Oddly enough, the second wine is superior to many vintages of Cos in the 1960s 1970s and 1980s!" Wine Advocate #199, Dec 2011 Learn More
  10. Chateau Cos d'Estournel 'Les Pagodes de Cos', Saint-Estephe 2012

    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 'Les Pagodes de Cos', Saint-Estephe 2012

    92 Points Wine Enthusiast - "Named after the Chinese facade of this most extraordinary of wineries, this wine is ripe and smooth in a style that brings out richness and a round character. It's already totally integrated, solid while also very generous." Learn More

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