Chateau D'Yquem is perhaps the world's most sough-after wine. Each vintage is near perfection. This is a 375ml half-bottle.
96 Points Wine Enthusiast: "This is the rich wine of the vintage. With its intense fruit, piles of spice, but excellent balance, this promises flavors of baked apples and intense dried fruits. The botrytis layer is discreet, a hint rather than overpowering."
95 Points Robert Parker: "Medium lemon-gold colored, the 2006 d'Yquem is a little reticent at this stage, slowly revealing notes of pineapple pastry, dried apple slices, orange preserves and spice cake plus nuances of crème brûlée, preserved ginger, nutmeg and baking bread. The palate offers mouth-coating tropical fruit and baking spice layers with a seductive oiliness to the texture and loads of citrus sparks, finishing with bold freshness and amazing length. Allow it just a couple more years in bottle to get over this slightly muted hump, then drink it for the next 25+ years."
97 Points - limited
The 2016 vintage was phenomenal for the Port houses of Portugal and the Cockburn's is one of the highest-rated of the vintage. Limited.
96 Points Wine Spectator: “This is quite primal, with lush waves of plum, blackberry and açai berry reduction rolling through, pushed by warm licorice and Black Forest cake notes. A substantial bass line thumps on the finish, showing plenty of sparkly spice and incense details hitting the top range. Best from 2030 through 2050."
Napa Valley's Dolce Winery, owned by the folks at Far Niente, is the only winery in North America that is solely devoted to producing a single, late harvest wine. It is one of the few wineries in the world willing to make such a commitment, sharing a common philosophy with the great Sauternes producers of Bordeaux. 375ml "half bottle".
98 Points Wine Enthusiast: "With this wine, Dolce cements its status as California's most consistently great dessert wine. This year's blend is 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, and the grapes were infected with teh botrytis, resultikng in the fantastic sweetness. Devastating in apricot, orange, pear,honey, vanilla, and creme brulee flavors, in an unctuous, viscous texture, with wonderfully clean acidity, it's certainly one of the greatest sweet California wines in recent memory."
Matt Meyer, son of Silver Oak Cellars founder Justin Meyers, makes one of the tastiest California Ports made from old-vine zinfandel grapes.
The Meyer Family Port wine has a rich aroma redolent of peppery zinfandel, sweet oak and the fine brandy used to arrest its fermentation. The resulting "marriage" leaves a dessert wine of some 8% residual sugar with a comfortable alcohol by volume of 18%. The exquisite balance of fruit, oak, sugar and alcohol is soft on the palate and long and round in the finish. A perfect pairing with a variety of fine desserts, especially chocolate!
500 ml bottle
99 Points - limited
The highest score warded to any wine in the 2016 vintage! Limited.
The 2016 vintage was phenomenal for the Port houses of Portugal and the Sandeman's is one of the highest-rated of the vintage. Limited.
99 Points Wine Enthusiast: “This is a ripe and generous wine, with tannins that are well integrated into the powerful black-fruit core. It is rich in a black plum flavor that's cut by fine acidity. Complex, balanced and full of long-term potential, drink this impressive wine from 2029."
96 Points Wine Spectator "Cellar Selection": "Densely packed, with baker’s chocolate up front, followed by muscular black currant, fig and blackberry paste flavors. Shows brambly grip, with flashes of apple wood and Turkish coffee. Best from 2035 through 2055."