THE VISIONARY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2014 Australia McClaren Vale
90 Points

This high-end Cab already has some bottle age on it and is ready to drink now. The nose is a regional expressive combo of ripe plums and dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, ground black pepper, pencil lead and toasty oak. Bottle age has settled the fruit into place, allowing spices to float to the fore. The palate is a neat package of fine tightly wound and slightly woody tannins and fruit... Overall, this is a sturdy, focused wine... – C.P.

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Wine Enthusiast JANUARY 2020
THE VISIONARY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

THE VISIONARY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2014 Australia McClaren Vale
94 Points

A lush, oaky wine, Wakefield's 2014 The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon spent more than two years in barrel before being blended and bottled. It's full-bodied and plush, with evolved, mellow notes of cedar and tobacco layered over soft cassis flavors. It's a cuddly behemoth of a Cab that will keep you warm on a cold winter night... - J.C.

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Wine Advocate FEBRUARY 2020
THE VISIONARY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

THE PIONEER SHIRAZ

2014 Australia McClaren Vale
90 Points

...Dense and chocolatey, like a Black Forest cake... tangy red-fruit and licorice notes. There's plenty of wood-spice and cola character from the oak influence, too. The palate is held firmly in place by powerful, woody tannins but the fruit is rich enough to hold its own. Big, polished and fairly well balanced, this should continue to cellar until 2029. – C.P.

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Wine Enthusiast JANUARY 2020
THE PIONEER SHIRAZ

“RESERVA DE CALIBORO,” MAULE VALLEY

2009 Chile Maule Valle
90 Points

Textbook cabernet aromas and flavors of cherry, cassis, tobacco and pungent herbs, with a hint of vanilla in the background. Juicy, focused and light on its feet, gaining sweetness with air. Shows very good energy and finishes with tangy mineral lift and dusty tannins... Serve this with a strongly seasoned braised lamb dish. – J.R.

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Vinous FEBRUARY 2014
“RESERVA DE CALIBORO,” MAULE VALLEY

Riesling Auslese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr

2015 Germany Mosel
94 Points

EDITOR'S CHOICE: The nose alone is thrilling on this light-footed auslese, wafting of preserved peach, candied pineapple and honey. It’s decadently fruity but balances sunny yellow peach and apricot harmoniously against zesty tangerine and lime. Hard to resist now for its buoyant fruit but this should improve for decades. —A.I.

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Wine Enthusiast APRIL 2020
Riesling Auslese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr

CORNAS “VALLON DE I’AIGLE”

2017 France Rhone Valley
96 Points

This is youthfully rugged, with lots of bay leaf, cedar and wet stone notes forming a broad-edged frame around a core of steeped bitter plum, dark currant and tar flavors. A long cast iron element smolders through the finish. Offers an alluring old-school hint. For the cellar. Best from 2023 through 2042. From France. —J.M

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Wine Spectator WEB 2020
CORNAS “VALLON DE I’AIGLE”

"Joyau de France" Brut

2000 France Champagne
92 Points

Pungent, deeply scented bouquet evokes peach nectar, poached pear, anise, brown butter and smoky minerals. Broad and densely packed, with a velvety texture and powerful orchard and pit fruit flavors that pick up a toasty element with aeration. Distinctly rich yet surprisingly lively as well, finishing with strong mineral cut and excellent floral persistence. - J.R.

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Vinous DECEMBER 2014
"Joyau de France" Brut