Aged and vintage wines for connoisseurs, wine lovers and collectors.
Villa Symposia, L'Equilibre 2010

Price: 33 €

Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon Carneros 1995
Here's a delicious, complex, youthful Cabernet. Explore all the currant, black cherry,coffee, cedar, anise and blackberry flavors and mild, supple tannins.
Price: 123 €
WS
91

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended

Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon Carneros 1996
Seductive with its elegant band of toasty oak, cedar, currant, black cherry and spice, it turns supple and polished on the finish, where the flavors linger
Price: 135 €
WS
92

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended

Talbot 2000
Best Talbot in years. Beautiful aromas of crushed berries, Indian spices, crushed flowers and raspberries. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and silky tannins. Long and delicious. Best after 2010
Price: 164 €
WS
93

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended
RP
90

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Sociando-Mallet 1985
Perfectly aged Bordeaux. Affordable price for a wine aged over 20 years. Drinks wonderful and exhibit remarkable absence of fruit. The Wine Spectator writes:\\\"Another super wine from this cru bourgeois. Fresh and fine with tasty vanilla, cherry and spice character. It's full-bodied, but medium in tannins. Long, fine finish.\\\"
Price: 123 €
WS
91

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended

Wine Of The Month
Sociando-Mallet 1985

Perfectly aged bottle of Bordeaux for 25 years at a great price. Drinks fantastically right now.

Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon Carneros 1995

Explore all the currant, black cherry, coffee, cedar, anise and blackberry flavors and mild, supple tannins.