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In the Pursuit of Perfection.....
What makes a perfect wine? We are all different with different tastes and preferences. Wine critics assign numerical scores to wines, with a score of 100 points signifying "perfection". While you or I might not declare any wine "perfect" the critics occasionally award that most coveted of unblemished marks, 100 points. Almost as infrequently they rate wines with scores just shy of that plateau of perfection. Below are some of our highest scoring wines in stock, including some "Perfect" wines, including a unanimous choice from Australia. With the holidays fast approaching some of these wines might make the perfect gift for the wine lover on your list.

Please note: Quantities are extremely limited on several wines especially the large format ones.


France - Bordeaux
2010 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan 
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$149.98
98+ Points - Wine Advocate
"This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7." - February 2013
2010 Chateau Montrose Saint-Estephe 
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$249.98
99 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2010 Montrose is a fabulous wine, and I was leaning toward giving it a three-digit score, which it may ultimately merit after it resolves some of its very sweet tannin. It is not as soft or flamboyant as the 2009, but it is a great classic, coming in at 13.9% natural alcohol. Representing 64% of the total production, the final blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot (which is one percent different than the barrel sample blends that were presented). Inky bluish/purple in color, with classic blueberry, black currant, crushed rock and floral notes, hints of graphite, and lots of wild mountain berry fruit, this wine is extravagantly rich, has very sweet but noticeable tannin, laser-like precision, a massive, full-bodied mouthfeel and a finish of close to 50+ seconds. This remarkable wine will probably tighten up somewhat in the bottle, and need most of a decade to shed some tannin and its rather grapy, primary personality. The finish blew me away, and the overall power, richness and balance of this wine are virtually perfect. Look for it to drink well for half a century or more." - February 2013
2009 Chateau Clinet Pomerol 
Red Wine; Merlot; Bordeaux;
$369.98
100 Points - Wine Advocate
"A blend of 85% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), this big Pomerol boasts an opaque, moonless night inky/blue/purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of blueberry pie, incense, truffles, black raspberries, licorice and wood smoke. Viscous and multi-dimensional with silky, sweet tannin, massive fruit concentration and full-bodied power, there are nearly 4,000 cases of this thick, juicy, perfect Clinet. It should drink well in 3-5 years and keep for 25-30." - February 2012
2005 Chateau Pavie Saint-Emilion 
Red Wine; Merlot; Bordeaux;

98+ Points - Wine Advocate
"There are 7,000 cases of this 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Pavie’s 2005 exhibits a thick-looking purple color to the rim as well as an exquisite perfume of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, unsmoked cigar tobacco, crushed rocks, damp earth, and hints of truffles and incense. The vineyard’s limestone soils have provided massive concentration, a laser-like precision, fresh, zesty acidity, and massive tannin. Despite the wine’s enormous concentration and intensity, there is a lightness to its style. As they say, the truth is irrefutable - this is one of the world’s most outstanding wines, and the 2005 Pavie should take its place among the greatest achievements of Bordeaux in the last 50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060." - April 2008
2010 Chateau Pape Clement Pessac-Leognan (in magnum) 
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$474.98

France - Rhone (North & South)
The Southern Rhone Valley has produced amazing wines over the past few years. These rich wines are incredibly aromatic, lush and powerful and can often times be enjoyed earlier than Bordeaux and cellared as well.

In the North, syrah rules the roost bearing no resemblance to the typical inexpensive syrah and shiraz cluttering the market. The syrah in the Northern Rhone is full of energy, minerality, acidity and impeccable balance that could make it one of the greatest wine regions in the world!

2010 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape a la Gloire de Mon Grand-Pere 
Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Rhone;
$79.98
98 Points - Wine Advocate
"A 100% Grenache cuvee from the Gardiole lieu-dit is the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape a la Gloire de Mon Grandpere. With 43 separate parcels spread throughout the appellation, the Boiron family can pick and choose the best, but it must be a strategic nightmare to manage all these different parcels. This 2010 (500 cases produced) includes 50% stems and is aged entirely in demi-muids. Close to perfection, it is the finest example of this cuvee I have tasted since its debut in 1998. Drinking it is like drinking pure kirsch liqueur intermixed with notes of crushed spring flowers. Its superb minerality, density, purity and texture build incrementally in the mouth revealing a blockbuster red with superb elegance, precision and purity. The alcohol must surpass 15%. Drink this spectacular Chateauneuf du Pape over the next 12-15 years." - October 2012
2010 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes 
Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Rhone;
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99 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 85% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre from the same parcels as the 2011. The wine is aged primarily in foudres with small percentages of the Syrah and Mourvedre kept in new 600-liter demi-muids. A spectacular effort, it displays a confit of camphor, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries, lavender and other floral notes. This full-bodied, massive Chateauneuf du Pape is remarkably light on its feet despite what must be 15+% alcohol. Incredibly pure and remarkably intense, this is a tour de force from Nicolas Boiron. It should drink well for two decades." - October 2012
2010 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle (in double magnum) 
Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Rhone;
$449.98
2009 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 
Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Rhone;
$150.00
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99 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is considered by many observers in Chateauneuf du Pape to be the wine of the vintage, and it can most certainly be counted among the finest. A blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre tipping the scales at 15.5% natural alcohol (which is slightly less than the Chaupin), the wine has an inky black/purple color as well as incredible density and richness, with notes of soy, blackberry, and blueberry liqueur, incense, acacia flowers and licorice. The layered, full-bodied mouthfeel displays no heat, but the wine has massive concentration and a silky, smooth finish. Because of the low acidity in the 2009s, and sweet tannins, this has turned out to be a glorious example of Chateauneuf du Pape to drink over the next two decades." - October 2011
2007 Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet 
Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Rhone;

100 Points - Wine Advocate
"The biggest surprise in these tastings was the phenomenal performance of the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Quet. Normally a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Mourvedre, the 2007's composition changed to 80% Grenache (all aged in tank) and 20% Mourvedre (aged in small oak barrels.) This wine literally blew me away. Since this is a PG-rated publication, I can not print my original comments upon tasting this wine. Let’s just say the exquisite aromatics were astounding. They include creme de cassis, lavender, roasted meats, new saddle leather, and spice box. The phenomenal aromatics were matched by equally compelling flavors, texture, and purity. Offering a thrill a second, this full-bodied wine exhibits awesome concentration, impeccable balance, and a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds. I had a difficult time spitting out this amazing elixir, and I kept returning to it during the course of the morning tasting just to confirm my initial impression. The good news is about 500 cases were produced. It should drink well for two decades or more." - October 2009
2010 Maison Chapoutier Cote-Rotie La Mordoree 
Red Wine; Syrah/Shiraz; Rhone;
SALE $139.98
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97 Points - Wine Spectator
"This is packed, with layers of charcoal and tar covering the well-endowed core of braised fig, blackberry pâte de fruit and pastis-soaked plum for now. Alder, olive and bay line the finish, with a terrific graphite spine lending support. Best from 2019 through 2030. 48 cases imported." - October 2013
2010 Delas Freres Hermitage Les Bessards (in magnum) 
Red Wine; Syrah/Shiraz; Rhone;
$499.00
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100 Points - Wine Advocate
"The uber-impressive 2010 Hermitage Les Bessards ranks alongside the perfect 2009. The strikingly intense powdered stone/granite minerality is apparent in this wine of great intensity, prodigious, almost skyscraper-like texture, massive body and high tannins. It is only for true connoisseurs who have a cold cellar as well as the patience to wait a minimum of a decade for it to round into drinking form. Filled with potential, it is one of the single greatest Hermitages I have ever tasted. There is no hint of its 100% new oak aging!" - December 2012

Australia
Some of the oldest grape vines in the world are found in Australia. A long cry from the mass produced overly sweet representations from down under that are giving the country a bad reputation. Most of the wines below have incredible track records and their bottlings drink magnificently over long, long spans of time. A pair of perfect scores for Penfolds Grange, the 14th "Classic" score from Wine Spectator and 12th from the Adovcate.
2006 Jim Barry Wines Shiraz The Armagh Clare Valley 
Red Wine; Syrah/Shiraz; Clare Valley;
$159.98
98 Points - Wine Advocate
"The Armagh Shiraz is redolent of creme de cassis, meat and cedar with undercurrents of coffee, sandalwood, black olives, Chinese plums and licorice accents. Very big, rich and concentrated, it has crisp acid, a firm level of velvety tannins and hints of anise on the long finish. Drink it now to 2028+. I tried the same vintage wine bottled under screw cap as a trial and not for commercial release. This 2006 Armagh Shiraz showed much more primary aromas with the licorice really standing out and displaying more of a chocolate character. The tannins were a bit firmer than the other bottle; still the quality remained the same and merits the same score." - February 2013
2009 Torbreck Vintners RunRig Barossa Valley 
Red Wine; Syrah/Shiraz; Barossa Valley;
$169.98
99 Points - Wine Advocate
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 RunRig opens with wonderful perfume, and though this label usually contains a splash of Viognier, which could account for the fragrant nose, it has none this vintage. Redolent of violets and blueberries it is very spicy with an undercurrent of anise and Indian spices muddled with mulberries. Taut and elegant on the palate, it gives plenty of concentrated fruit flavor with crisp acid and firm, fine tannins. It finishes long. Drink it from 2016 to 2030+." - February 2013
2010 Penfolds Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 Barossa Valley 
Red Wine; Cabernet Sauvignon; Barossa Valley;
$299.98
97 Points - Wine Spectator
"This towering Cabernet tightly wraps its supple, expressive core of currant and boysenberry flavors with subtle hints of cream, espresso and dried herbs, flowing seamlessly into the long, vivid finish. Offers depth and power without apparent weight. A knockout. Best from 2015 through 2030. 441 cases imported." - August 2013
2008 Penfolds Wines Grange South Australia 
Red Wine; Syrah/Shiraz; Other Australia;
SALE $649.98
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100 Points - Wine Spectator & Wine Advocate
"Deep purple-black in color, the 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, taut and very spicy in the mouth, it shows touches of sandalwood and Chinese five spice complementing the layers of dark fruit flavors. It is framed by firm, grainy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing very long with aniseed and lingering blackberry preserves notes. This is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label. Drink it from 2018 to 2035+." - Wine Advocate
"An utterly majestic Shiraz, sleek and seamless, brimming with ripeness on a framework that allows for grace and expressiveness in equal measure. The intensity of fresh blueberry and plum fruit holds attention until the nuances kick in, offering glints of exotic spice, coffee, cocoa, bay leaf and mint. Shows tremendous presence without a lot of weight, the tannins noticeable but not even close to getting in the way. A great wine now, with plenty of room to grow. Drink now through 2040. 330 cases imported." - Wine Spectator
2011 Mollydooker Wines Shiraz The Velvet Glove McLaren Vale 
Red Wine; Syrah/Shiraz; McLaren Vale;
$149.98
97 Points - Wine Advocate
"Very deep purple-black in color, the 2011 Velvet Glove is chock full of ripe and spicy blackberries, fresh blueberries and creme de cassis aromas that are accented by Chinese five spice notes and hints of chocolate, vanilla and some tar. Full-bodied, it is ripe and rich with a nice line of acid and medium-firm, fine-grained tannins. Concentrated and persistent on the finish, it shows beautiful elegance and freshness and is a nicely delineated and expressive example of the varietal and its regional home. However, it needs another year or more in bottle. Drink it from 2015 to 2025+." - February 2013

Spain
2004 Bodegas Sierra Cantabria Amancio Rioja 
Red Wine; Tempranillo; Rioja;
SALE $99.98
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97 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2004 Amancio is a step above the 2005. It offers a nose which is already sexy and complex with expressive spice, wild flowers, and dark fruit aromas. Plush, bordering on voluptuous on the palate, it will continue to blossom for another 3-4 years and drink well through 2029. Collectors will no doubt enjoy comparing these 2 vintages in another 10-12 years" - June 2010
2007 Vinos de Benjamin Romeo Contador Rioja 
Red Wine; Red Blend; Rioja;
SALE $300.98
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98 Points - Wine Advocate
"The flagship 2007 Contador receives the same elevage as the Cueva cuvee, the difference is based entirely on selection. Deep purple in color, it surrenders an already multifaceted perfume of sandalwood, truffle, Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it exhibits a satin texture, intense flavors, loads of spice, impeccable balance, and an elegant personality in combination with its power. It demands 6-8 years of cellaring at the minimum and its drinking window will extend from 2016 to 2042." - April 2010

Portugal
Vintage Ports age better than almost any wine. The 2011 vintage is just arriving and here are some of the top scoring wines of the vintage.
2011 Fonseca Vintage Port 
Fortified; Port Blend; Portugal;
$89.98
97-99 Points - Wine Advocate
"The Fonseca 2011 is typically more forthcoming on the nose compared to the bashful Croft: a strident bouquet with lifted scents of freshly picked blackberries, kirsch, crushed stone and a dash of Hoi Sin and oyster sauce. It is very well-defined, very focused and direct. The palate is silky smooth with not a rough edge in sight, though not a typically voluptuous Fonseca because of the keen thread of acidity and the structure that lends this mighty Port wonderful backbone. A slight viscosity on the finish lacquers the tongue and indicates a core of sweet fruit is ticking away underneath that will surely explode several years after bottling. A tincture of salted licorice on the aftertaste is very attractive. This will turn out to become an outstanding Fonseca, the growing season taming its exuberance with spectacular results. So much potential, but just 6,000 cases were produced." - June 2013
2011 Dow Vintage Port 
Fortified; Port Blend; Portugal;

99 Points - Wine Spectator
"Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirsch and cassis flavors that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty. One for the ages. Best from 2030 through 2060."
2011 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port (half bottle) 
Fortified; Port Blend; Portugal;
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97 Points - Wine Spectator
"Powerful, featuring concentrated dark plum and spicy cherry flavors that are finely balanced, showing notes of raspberry preserves. The mocha and wild herb accents are interwoven and supported by powerful tannins. The finish offers intense grip and violet hints. Best from 2020 through 2045." - October 2013
2011 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 
Fortified; Port Blend; Portugal;
SALE $89.98
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2011 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port (in magnum) 
Fortified; Port Blend; Portugal;
$169.98