Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Reserve Selections

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The reserve selections in our holiday gift guide are the best of the best. These critically-acclaimed wines from top producers make incredible gifts for the wine drinker on your list. Serve them for a special occasion, or store them in your collection.

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  1. Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#47542

    RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Jan 2020
    Caparzo is one of two properties in Montalcino owned by the beautiful and charming Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini. The other property is Altesino. This wine, the Caparzo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is a very classic interpretation that delivers the goods without any distracting bells or whistles. The wine opens to red and purple fruit aromas with background tones of dried herb, potting soil, cedar wood and light spice. Fruit comes from a site with heavier clay soils, and you get hints of that extra density and richness here. This vintage offers all you need in a model Brunello from a very beautiful and generous vintage. I always admire the wines of Caparzo for their accessible and immediate drinking style. Some 160,000 bottles were corked in August 2019, and the wine hit the market in January 2020.
    SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2020
    An attractive mix of cherry, plum, earth, tar, spice, savory and balsamic flavors are the highlights of this well-balanced red. Licorice and salty elements emerge on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2039. 16,000 cases made, 8,500 cases imported.
    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
    The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is remarkably pretty, showing rosy florals with pretty red fruits, cedar dust, and crushed stone minerality. On the palate, soft textures give way to zesty red berry and mineral tones, as savory spices and fine tannins settle upon the senses, and the 2015 Caparzo gains volume and sweetness in the glass. The finish is long yet fresh, with a blend of acid, fruit, and tannin which leaves a truly balanced impression.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: 100% Sangiovese

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    2018 Wine Spectator Top 100 Selection | #17

    Wine Spectator Top 100 selection - 2018 | #17

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  2. Frank Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#37757

    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Oct 2018
    Made up of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is very deep garnet-purple in color and displays expressive notions of baked plums, warm cassis and licorice with hints of bay leaves and scorched earth. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with juicy black fruit and earthy sparks, finishing chewy.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc

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  3. Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#20938

    RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
    The 2016 Barbaresco is a tight and beautiful wine that will require more time to unwind and soften. This beautifully balanced vintage is characterized by a tight inner core of fruit that underlines the graceful aging capacity of these wines. The 2016 is shaping up to be one destined for long cellar aging. Now in its youth, the wine offers wild berry, rose and licorice aromas.
    WS9595 pts. - Wine & Spirits - December 1, 2019
    This is Produttori del Barbaresco’s flagship wine, produced with fruit selected from their 54 growers, who collectively farm some 250 acres of vines, and it is a stunner in the 2016 vintage. It’s ripe and precise, the vibrant red fruit lifted by fresh floral scents and subtle spice. The tannins envelop that fruit like a soft leather glove, as brisk acidity propels the flavors toward a vertical finish. There’s no better bargain in Barbaresco, and with 22,000 cases produced, this should be on every serious Italian wine list and in every nebbiolo lover’s cellar.
    WE9595 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2019
    Enticing aromas of violet, woodland berry, loose vineyard soil, wild mint and a hint of spearmint shape the intensely fragrant nose. The tense, young palate is still nervous but already boasts finesse, showing wild raspberry, crunchy red cherry, white pepper and star anise. Firm, refined tannins and racy acidity give it a linear, almost austere elegance, while bright acidity keeps it focused and balanced. Drink 2026–2036.
    VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2019
    The 2016 Barbaresco is a stunning wine with tremendous richness for this bottling. Ample, deep and powerful, the 2016 exudes pedigree and class from start to finish. I can’t remember a straight Barbaresco here with this much fruit density and unctuous richness, and yet there is more than enough tannin and overall structure to give the wine its classically leaning feel. A blast of sweet red cherry fruit, tobacco, menthol licorice and smoke hits the potent finish. What a wine!
    SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 15, 2019
    Cherry, tar and menthol flavors mark this rich, silky red. Even more expansive on the palate, building to a long, complex aftertaste. Beautifully balanced, this picks up a minerally accent on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2038. 25,000 cases made, 7,500 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Nebbiolo | All Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo

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  4. Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#37521

    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019
    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, aged for 17 months in 56% new French oak. Very deep purple-black colored, it has a pronounced nose of crème de cassis, blackberry tart and warm mulberries with touches of Chinese five spice, camphor and tar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features loads of black fruit preserves, framed by chewy tannins and great freshness, finishing with a compelling herbal lift.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc

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  5. Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#52111

    JD9696 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - January 31, 2020
    Coming from estate fruit on Howell Mountain and made from 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% each of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers a darker, more mineral-driven style compared to the Napa release. It has beautiful blackcurrant, cassis, forest floor, graphite, and tobacco leaf-like aromas and flavors. Deep, full-bodied, beautifully polished and elegant, it’s another remarkable effort from this team. As Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon goes, it’s a brilliant value!
    RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019
    The 2017 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, is deep garnet-purple colored and a little closed, slowly giving up warm cassis, blackberry tart and mulberries with touches of spice box, pencil shavings and Marmite toast. The full-bodied palate is firm, grainy and muscular with an earthy expression and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering mineral note.
    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a dense, chewy Howell Mountain wine. A blast of black cherry, plum, licorice, smoke, leather, bittersweet chocolate, spice and tobacco hit the palate. The 2017 is bold and immediate in feel, but it also has plenty of structure. I would give it a few years to soften but this is a potent, brooding wine with a bright future.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot

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  6. Quintarelli Giuseppe Primofiore

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#52081

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    Primary Grape: Corvina | All Grapes: Corvina, Corvinone

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  7. Shafer One Point Five

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#52263

    WE9494 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2020
    The name signifying a generation and a half of Shafers (Doug and his late father, John), this is a powerfully built, robust and rounded wine. Sage and violet aromas lead to a strong, sturdy core of tannin, oak and muscle, developed with sweet tobacco, cassis and cola.
    JD9393 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - January 31, 2020
    Cut from the same cloth, yet with a touch of rusticity in its tannins, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five offers a full-bodied, rounded, structured style as well as loads of sweet red and black fruits, toasted spice, and herbed de Provence like notes. It’s a powerful, concentrated wine, has loads of fruit, and is going to benefit from 3–4 years of bottle age.
    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is dense, plush and creamy. Super-ripe dark cherry, cloves, menthol, licorice and earthy notes give the 2017 a distinctly dark, exotic feel. Plush and generous on the palate with sweet, silky tannins, the 2017 is a big wine that will drink well right out of the gate. I wouldn’t push my luck on aging here, though.
    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019
    Made up of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Merlot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is deep garnet-purple colored with pronounced crème de cassis, blackberry pie and black forest cake notes with waft of bay leaves, cigar box, tar and smoked meats. The palate is full-bodied, firm and chewy with a taut, muscular mid-palate and an herb-lifted finish.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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  8. Freemark Abbey Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#52394

    VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
    The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) is powerful, dense and savory, not to mention incredibly expressive. Sweet tobacco, grilled herbs, leather, licorice, chocolate and dried flowers develop in this characterful Cabernet; there is plenty of Rutherford dirt personality as well. This is very nicely done.
    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Sep 2019
    Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford rolls from the glass with warm blackberries, black cherry compote and red and black currants at the core with touches of cardamom, lavender, dusty earth and wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has plenty of bright, lively fruit and ripe, finely grained tannins, delivering a well-poised, delicately earthy finish.
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    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 78.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15.4% Petit Verdot, 3.6% Merlot, 2.2% Cabernet Franc

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