Autumn Release Wine Icons: 'The Outsiders' 2017

We hesitate to use the word 'icon' in connection with wine ever since Jancis Robinson came up with the question 'is that one word or two?', but it is appropriate for some of the wines launched onto the market via the Bordeaux 'place' at this time of year.

Some of these wines are on such tight allocations that it is difficult to offer them outside the group who buy every year, but there is always a small shift in who takes what, so it's always worth asking.

  • Solaia,
  • Masseto,
  • Opus One,
  • Cardinale,
  • Vérité,
  • Clos Apalta,
  • Almaviva,
  • Seña,
  • Viñedo Chadwick,
  • Hommage a Jacques Perrin

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2015 ALMAVIVA

2015 ALMAVIVA

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2015 harvest conditions in Maipo Valley were marked by a drier than average winter, with a cumulative 243 mm of rainfall from May to September 2014. The period from mid-November to mid-December The 2015 harvest conditions in Maipo Valley were marked by a drier than average winter, with a cumulative 243 mm of rainfall from May to September 2014. The period from mid-November to mid-December was cooler and cloudier than the first two weeks of November and all of October, which were warm, dry and sunny. Fortunately these lower temperatures that occurred at the end of flowering did not affect the future production of the vines. Actually all the varieties showed a rather high production potential, forcing important cluster thinning on most of the varieties to reduce their yields.
Summer was particularly hot and dry, with high temperatures from mid-December until the third week of March. The veraison started earlier than expected, as well as the harvest of the first batch of Merlot, which was picked on March 16th, two weeks earlier than usual. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were then harvested between April 1st and May 13th, taking advantage of the progressive temperature decrease, especially at night, to maintain a great balance in the fruit between freshness and ripeness. The whole harvest was particularly long, lasting for more than 10 weeks, until the last batch of Carmenere was brought in on May 26th.

Assemblage:
Cabernet Sauvignon: 69 %
Carmenère: 24 %
Cabernet Franc: 5 %
Petit Verdot: 2 %
Barrel Ageing: 18 Months, New French Oak.

Tasting Notes:
The 2015 vintage of Almaviva captivates, complete with its opaque red brilliance and powerful, complex nose. An alliance of ripe fruit and subtle floral aromas permeate before leaving place to caramel, licorice and graphite notes. The multitude of aromas continues with a sumptuous, well-balanced expression on the palate. A juicy attack of ripe fruit, such as raspberry, blackcurrant, and black cherry is framed by a broad structure with fine, polished, velvety tannins, well blended with flavors of vanilla andcocoa. The finish is silky, yet slightly mineral. The harvest of 2015 is an exquisite combination of complexity and harmony, a superb viage to celebrate Almaviva’s twentieth anniversary.
Winemaker's notes (Sep 2016)

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2014 CARDINALE

2014 CARDINALE

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

Mountain terroir is essential to Cardinale’s character. While the rocky soils, steep aspects and exposed conditions are among the most challenging in California, they also produce the most Mountain terroir is essential to Cardinale’s character. While the rocky soils, steep aspects and exposed conditions are among the most challenging in California, they also produce the most structured, masculine and complex wines. Winemaker's notes (Sep 2017)

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2015 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel

2015 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

There’s just a single foudre of the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, and this behemoth was clearly one of the most impressive barrel samples I tasted from the vintage. Inky colored, There’s just a single foudre of the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, and this behemoth was clearly one of the most impressive barrel samples I tasted from the vintage. Inky colored, rich, thick and unctuous, with tons of blackberry and blueberry fruits, cured meats, pepper and garrigue, it’s a tour de force and I’m always amazed at the level of purity, concentration and depth the Perrin family is able to achieve with this wine. I know most people squirrel this cuvée away, but it offers incredible pleasure in its youth, as well (the 2009 and 2007 are insanely good today). Still, a decade of cellaring would be ideal. Rating: 97-99 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com (Oct 2016)

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2014 CLOS APALTA Casa Lapostolle

2014 CLOS APALTA Casa Lapostolle

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

There is much diversity in the soil, and our Clos Apalta comes from colluvial granitic soils, lightly textured with layers of clay.

Vinification/Ageing
Our winemaking philosophy is to
There is much diversity in the soil, and our Clos Apalta comes from colluvial granitic soils, lightly textured with layers of clay.

Vinification/Ageing
Our winemaking philosophy is to reflect the terroir from Apalta by crafting a wine based in Carmenère. A truly hand crafted wine, we nurture our vines and attend to every detail to preserve the potential of the grapes. We hand harvest the fruit in small cases of 14 kilos. The grapes are 100% hand de-stemmed in our Clos Apalta Winery so we maintain complete control of the quality. We fill our French oak vats by gravity. Then nature does its work, allowing native yeasts that slowly ferment the must into wine with temperature control less than 28° C. Macerations lasted for about 4-5 weeks and during all that period we did manual punch downs to extract enough compounds from skins to get the desired structure and concentration. We rack the young new wine straight into 100% new French oak barrels by gravity.
Malolactic happens in barrels, where the wine stays for 24 months, ageing patiently. The wine is bottled by gravity without any treatment or filtration.
Winemaker's notes (Jan 2017)

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2014 LA JOIE Vérité

2014 LA JOIE Vérité

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

La Joie exhibits the structure, depth and power of Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, and takes inspiration from the lauded reds France's Pauillac. We couldn't be more proud to share that four of La Joie exhibits the structure, depth and power of Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, and takes inspiration from the lauded reds France's Pauillac. We couldn't be more proud to share that four of the last five vintages of this lushly textured wine have achieved scores of 95 or higher from premier critical voices. Winemaker's notes (Sep 2016)

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2014 LA MUSE Vérité

2014 LA MUSE Vérité

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

With supple fruit and spice, exceptional balance and impressive length, Vérité La Muse is crafted primarily from Merlot. From its inception, every vintage of this special wine – which honors the With supple fruit and spice, exceptional balance and impressive length, Vérité La Muse is crafted primarily from Merlot. From its inception, every vintage of this special wine – which honors the style of the great wines of Pomerol while celebrating the quality of our world-class fruit grown in Sonoma County — has received outstanding critical acclaim. Winemaker's notes (Sep 2016)

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2014 LE DÉSIR Vérité

2014 LE DÉSIR Vérité

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

Le Désir—predominantly Cabernet Franc supported by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot — shows layers of concentrated fruit, exotic spice, opulent aromatics and a plush suede texture. Le Désir—predominantly Cabernet Franc supported by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot — shows layers of concentrated fruit, exotic spice, opulent aromatics and a plush suede texture. Winemaker's notes (Sep 2016)

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2014 MASSETO

2014 MASSETO

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

A rich version, featuring cherry, strawberry, cedar, coffee and mocha flavors, this opens up to reveal a polished feel and finegrained tannins A rich version, featuring cherry, strawberry, cedar, coffee and mocha flavors, this opens up to reveal a polished feel and finegrained tannins Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 94-94 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator (Sep 2017)

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2014 OPUS ONE

2014 OPUS ONE

Release date: 4/9/2017

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2014 vintage was precocious – marked by the earliest bud break in our history. Timely rainfall and a continuation of mild and dry conditions throughout the year allowed the grapevines to support The 2014 vintage was precocious – marked by the earliest bud break in our history. Timely rainfall and a continuation of mild and dry conditions throughout the year allowed the grapevines to support the slightly higher-than-expected yields. Following a near-perfect growing season, harvest commenced on September 5th just as the grapes reflected an ideal balance between freshness and concentration. After an early rainstorm, there was a brief pause; but the succinct harvest was completed on October 7th.

The 2014 Opus One exudes subtle aromas of fragrant florals, fresh garden herbs and forest floor that give way to a concentrated blend of red cherry, blackberry and black currant. After a silky entry, dark fruit flavors emerge with hints of baking spice and black olive. Fine-grained tannins offer a velvety texture and complex structure that builds to a long, vibrantly fresh finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoyable now, the wine will delight for years to come.

The 2014 Opus One is a blend of all five Bordeaux-heritage varieties: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 2% Malbec. Component lots received an average of 20 days of skin contact during fermentation and maceration, prior to 18 months of barrel aging in new French Oak.
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2015 SEÑA

2015 SEÑA

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

As a comparison to the 2014 vintage of this wine, the 2015 Seña resulted in 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 12% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with now 12% of the wine matured As a comparison to the 2014 vintage of this wine, the 2015 Seña resulted in 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 12% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with now 12% of the wine matured in new Stockinger oak foudres and the rest in barrique for some 22 months. 2015 might have been a slightly warmer year, but the resulting wine is lower in alcohol and higher in acidity, which provide for a more vibrant mouthfeel and a more focused expression of the character of the place. This vintage has half a degree less alcohol, and the acidity is a little more pungent; and, the amount of wine in foudre seems to help the oak to show better integrated. This is dry, nicely textured, and the replacement of the Merlot by Malbec seems to have also added to the refinement of the tannins that are super-elegant. 66,000 bottles were filled in February 2017. The price has not yet been set.

The percentage of Malbec in the blend of Seña, first introduced in 2012, keeps growing and seems to have provided fine and ripe tannins that add to the texture of the wine.
Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 96-96 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com (Sep 2017)

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2014 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori

2014 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Solaia is produced from a 20 hectare plot next to the Tignanello estate. The vines are on hard limestone at around 400m above sea level. First produced in the 1978 vintage; the original blend was Solaia is produced from a 20 hectare plot next to the Tignanello estate. The vines are on hard limestone at around 400m above sea level. First produced in the 1978 vintage; the original blend was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. In subsequent years 20% of Sangiovese has been added and the Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc ratio was altered slightly. It is not produced every year, but only when the quality is deemed exceptional. L&S (Sep 2016)

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2015 VIÑEDO CHADWICK

2015 VIÑEDO CHADWICK

75cl bottles, case of 3

I also tasted the 2015 Viñedo Chadwick from a warm and dry vintage that resulted in very healthy grapes that were picked earlier than ever. The parameters are remarkably similar to the 2014, and the I also tasted the 2015 Viñedo Chadwick from a warm and dry vintage that resulted in very healthy grapes that were picked earlier than ever. The parameters are remarkably similar to the 2014, and the winemaking and élevage were also virtually the same, fermentation in stainless steel and aging in French barriques (73% new) and with some 15% matured in a Stockinger oak foudre. As I saw in many other 2015s, this is the most elegant and refined vintage I have seen of this wine. With ultra-refined tannin, the wine is dry, very clean, not minty at all, with very good tension and length, with a chalky, tasty, almost salty finish. Of course, the classical notes of cedar wood, black peppercorns and tobacco are there, but in a very subtle way. Super elegant. 11,493 bottles were filled in February 2017. Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 Rating: 95 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com (Sep 2017)

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