97 Points - James Suckling
This sensational St Aubin is beautifully balanced, delivering a poised and rounded palate with crunchy fruit and lively core acidity. It is clean with the pure fruit character of lemon and stone fruit shining through and on the finish a hint of spice. This is a serious wine with no shortage of minerality and will evolve and improve for a few years to come.
93 Points - Robert Parker
One of the most beautiful wines of the vintage, the dark ruby/purple-colored La Lagune exhibits sweet cassis, camphor, truffle and white chocolate notes presented in a dense, medium to full-bodied, silky textured personality. Filled with purity, finesse, elegance and authoritative flavor intensity, this 2008 is already drinkable and should continue to evolve for 15+ years.
100 Points - Robert Parker
My notes essentially read the same every year, even though the bottlings are non-vintage and I taste the most recent releases. Consistency and greatness are the norm at this Rutherglen winery. The average age is 7-10 years for the regular cuvees, about 70 years for the grand cuvees, and the ancient rare cuvees date back to soleras from 1890. The Muscadelle (Tokay) reveals caramel, toffee, fig, prune, raisiny notes, an incredible, unctuous texture, and amazing zesty acidity which keeps it from being cloying. It is redundant to keep repeating the same tasting notes, so readers will have to take my word for it ... this is one of the world’s most remarkable dessert wines, and is worth every effort to latch on to a half bottle or so.
This terroir is superbly situated between Beausejour Duffau and Beau-Sejour-Becot, with Angelus within shouting distance. Predominantly Merlot (96%) with Cabernet Franc making up the remaining 4%. Modern, full-bodied, dense and brooding. Black fruits dominate the palate, incredibly pure and high but ripe, well-integrated tannins.
The La Cote Rousse Syrah from Betz Family Winery is an excellent example of how Rhone varieties are being produced with immense success in Washington. With a core of blackberry and black cherry, it is full-bodied, bold and beautifully concentrated with ripe, well-integrated tannins.
• 3,157 vines of Dijon and Abel clones, 22 year old
• Winemaker: Alex Craighead of Alana Estate - determined with the minimal intervention approach, he lets the vineyard to speak for itself.
• 2014 = 1,703 bottles
(awarded 18/20 Points from Raymond Chan MW)
A flawless example of white Châteauneuf du Pape from Famille Perrin. Sourced from a single parcel of Roussanne vines planted in 1909. Off the charts in terms of quality and certainly one of the most outstanding wines produced in the world today. Rich, decadent, voluptuous mouthfeel – the texture is extraordinary. Buttered citrus, quince and marmalade all supported with plenty of acidity and liquid minerals.
The Clos de Betz from the Betz Family Winery is Bob Betz' take on a right-bank Bordeaux and the 2012 vintage was without doubt one of the best and easiest the winery had experienced in years. It is the weight of this wine which impresses most, with a depth that envelops the palate and lingers for a long finish. The 2012's in particular have considerable and focused structure with an extra dimension of depth and texture, and should not be missed!
1 x Devotus Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
2 x Devotus Pinot Noir 2016