La Mar Wine List Review

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

Pier 1.5 Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA 94111

P: 415.397.8880

www.lamarcebicheria.com

La Mar Wine List Review

La Mar is a hip, happening restaurant that serves Peruvian food in a stunningly beautiful setting that puts you in the mood to eat, drink and be merry. The knock on this place is that it is loud and that service can be shaky, but kick back, relax, pop some corks and have a great time. If money is not an issue, then start out with the 2008 Luca, Altos de Mendoza, Chardonnay for $63 ($33 at Wine.com) and follow it up with the 2007 Mi Terruno, Mayacaba, Mendoza, Malbec for $95 ($50 Release Price) or the 2006 Finca Villacreces, Ribera Del Duero, Tempranillo for $97 ($40 at Wine.com).

As with all of our reviews, you will see the price at the restaurant followed by the mark-up over retail (2010 Etude Pinot Gris | $43 | 1.7x | This translates into a retail price of $25).

VINOSERVANT’S TOP WINE VALUES AT LA MAR

Sparkling Wines

7 selections that range in price from $39 to $99

Juve Y Camps, Brut Rose of Pinot Noir, Penedes, Non Vintage | $39 | 2.2x

2006 Iron Horse, Ocean Reserve, Brut Blanc de Blancs | $79 | 2.0x | TOP PICK

2003 Roederer Estate, l’Ermitage, Anderson Valley, Brut | $99 | 2.5x

White Wines

60 selections that range in price from $29 to $145

2010 Etude, Pinot Gris | $43 | 1.7x | TOP PICK

2009 Marilyn Remark, Loma Pacific, Monterey, Rousanne | $47 | 1.8x | TOP PICK

2009 Tatomer, Vanderberg, Santa Barbara, Riesling | $55 | 2.2x

2010 Do Ferreiro, Albarino, Rias Baixas | $57 | 2.3x

2010 Valentin Bianchi, Mendoza, Sauvignon Blanc | $32 | 2.5x

2009 Kinston, Cariblanco, Casablanca, Sauvignon Blanc | $37 | 1.9x

2009 Grieve Family, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc | $59 | 1.5x | TOP PICK

2010 Lewis, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc | $68 | 2.1x

2009 St. Clement, Napa Valley, Chardonnay | $38 | 2.0x

2010 Luli, Santa Lucia Highlands, Chardonnay | $42 | 2.2x

2009 Mcintyre Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, Chardonnay | $46 | 1.9x | TOP PICK

2008 Luca, Altos de Mendoza, Chardonnay | $63 | 1.9x | TOP PICK

Red Wines

83 selections that range in price from $40 to $255

2009 Chandon, Carneros, Pinot Meunier | $44 | 1.5x | TOP PICK

2009 Groundwork, Santa Barbara, Grenache | $48 | 2.4x

2008 Freeman Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir | $62 | 1.6x | TOP PICK

2007 Scherrer Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir | $85 | 2.4x

2007 Brogan Cellar, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir | $99 | 2.2x

2009 Kistler, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir | $110 | 1.0x | TOP PICK

2006 Casa Lapostolle, Cuvee Alexandre, Colchagua, Merlot | $49 | 2.0x | TOP PICK

2007 Whitehall Lane, Napa Valley, Merlot | $55 | 2.2x

2008 Stags Leap, Napa Valley, Merlot | $58 | 2.1x

2008 Shafer, Napa Valley, Merlot | $84 | 1.9x

2007 Susana Balbo Brioso, Mendoza, Cabernet | $85 | 2.2x

2007 Cayu, Mendoza, Malbec | $92 | 1.8x | TOP PICK

2007 Mi Terruno, Mayacaba, Mendoza, Malbec | $95 | 1.9x | TOP PICK

2007 Franciscan, Magnificent, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $98 | 2.5x

2008 Pride Mountain, Napa & Sonoma, Cabernet Sauvignon | $125 | 1.7x

2008 Termes, Toro, Tempranillo | $49 | 2.2x

2006 Finca Villacreces, Ribera Del Duero, Tempranillo | $97 | 2.4x

Sparkling Wines

7 selections that range in price from $39 to $99

Juve Y Camps, Brut Rose of Pinot Noir, Penedes, Non Vintage

Retail Price: $18 at Wine.com

Rating: Wine Advocate 90

  • $39 at La Mar | 2.2x

90 points Wine Advocate: My favorite of this quartet is the non-vintage Brut Rose. Dark pink in color with a lovely nose of rose petals and strawberries, it is lively and fresh on the palate, with crisp acidity and a long finish. This excellent value can be served with a variety of savory courses and as an aperitif.

Winemaker’s Notes: Brut Rose Juve y Camps is produced from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Feixa 1 vineyard at the Espiells estate. The free run juice is allowed a brief maceration on the skins. The wine is of a deep pink color. On the nose there are both floral and berry fruit notes in perfect harmony. Long bottle aging has brought balance, length and weight while retaining freshness and vivacity. Alcohol 12.0%

2006 Iron Horse, Ocean Reserve, Brut Blanc de Blancs

Retail Price: $40 @ the Winery

Rating: See comments below

  • $79 at La Mar | 2.0x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: The flavors are bright, crisp citrus with a long, toasty finish, expressing Iron Horse’s proximity to the ocean. It really speaks to how the ocean affects the special taste and quality of our sparklings. This cuvée is designed to pair with sustainable seafood, like avocado-dill soup with smoked trout, halibut, pink salmon cakes, linguine with mussels, pine nuts and orange. Alcohol 13.5%

2003 Roederer Estate, l’Ermitage, Anderson Valley, Brut

Retail Price: $40 at K&L Wine Merchants

Rating: Wine Spectator 93

  • $99 at La Mar | 2.5x

93 points Wine Spectator and #55 in Top 100 Wines of 2011: Elegant and sleek, yet complex, with cinnamon and green apple aromas that lead to rich flavors of pear and lemon custard layered with brioche and mineral. Drink now through 2015. (11/11)

White Wines

60 selections that range in price from $29 to $145

2010 Etude, Pinot Gris

Retail Price: $25 at Wine.com

Rating: Robert Parker 89

  • $43 at La Mar | 1.7x | TOP PICK

89 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Pinot Gris is a beautiful wine layered with lime, grapefruit, mint and crushed rocks. This gorgeous, focused white is best enjoyed over the next few years. The Pinot Gris is done entirely in stainless steel and the malolactic fermentation is blocked. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2013.

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2010 Etude Pinot Gris opens with inviting aromas of stone fruit and honeysuckle. Bright flavors of white peach, nectarine and citrus follow, with an elegant mouthfeel. The wine is highlighted by a crisp minerality and graceful finish.

2009 Marilyn Remark, Loma Pacific, Monterey, Rousanne

Retail Price: $26 @ the Winery

Rating: See comments below

  • $47 at La Mar | 1.8x | TOP PICK

A noble white grape originally from the Northern Rhone – classic peach, citrus, and spice with a refreshing core of acidity. Alcohol 14.5%.

2009 Tatomer, Vanderberg, Santa Barbara, Riesling

Retail Price: $25 at K&L Wine Merchants

Rating: See comments below

  • $55 at La Mar | 2.2x

Winemaker’s Notes: This dry riesling is rich and elegant with primary fuits like meyer lemon and green apple.

2010 Do Ferreiro, Albarino, Rias Baixas

Retail Price: $25 at K&L Wine Merchants

Rating: Wine & Spirits 92

  • $57 at La Mar | 2.3x

92 points Wine & Spirits: “Bright citrus scents of clementine and exotic notes of litchi race through this fresh, tangy white. The middle is cool and creamy, the finish fragrant with spice. For oysters.” 89 points Wine Enthusiast: “Can’t call it floral and bright on the nose, but it’s not over the hill or maderized, either; more neutral than anything. The mouth is fresh, lively and loaded with lime, green apple and length. Approaching peak maturity and then will start to fade. A smooth operator with depth, minerality and fine acidity.” (7/1/2011)

K&L Description: Do Ferreiro is a benchmark Albariño. Every year, it delivers the goods, showing a degree of aromatic complexity, nervy minerality, and pure intensity of flavor that always makes it stand out from the rest. Delicious upon release, it is also one of the few albariños to improve in bottle for up to a decade (maybe longer?) beyond the vintage year. 2010 finds this property, who farms their prime vineyards organically and always only employ native yeasts in the fermentations, in top form. Propriertor Gerardo Mendez believes that this is quite possibly the best Do Ferreiro he has ever made. And the wine is terrific – truly nervy and mineral, and in fine fighting form. There is bright fruit intermingling with the classic Do Ferreiro salty/smoky mineral bite. Enjoy this wine on its own or with all types of seafood, even with a hearty bean soup this would be terrific.

2010 Valentin Bianchi, Mendoza, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $13 at Saratoga Wine Exchange

Rating: Robert Parker 87

  • $32 at La Mar | 2.5x

87 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Valentin Bianchi Sauvignon Blanc offers up a pleasing perfume of cut grass, fresh herbs, and citrus. Dry and crisp on the palate, this concentrated, balanced Sauvignon is a very good value meant for drinking over the next 1-2 years.

2009 Kinston, Cariblanco, Casablanca, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $19 via Wine – Searcher

Rating: Wine Spectator 86

  • $37 at La Mar | 1.9x

Fresh, with nice cut to the lime, grapefruit and herb flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now. 1,020 cases made. –JM

2009 Grieve Family, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $40 Grieve Winery

Ratings: See comment below

  • $59 at La Mar | 1.5x | TOP PICK
  • $64 at Wayfare Tavern | 1.6x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: The Early Pick was more transparent to the oak flavors, even from the older barrels. The Early pick flavors of grapefruit, lemongrass, and jasmine signify the cool climate in Lovall Valley and allow the expression of distinct minerality. The Late Pick was oily and rich, with a very compelling mouthfeel that balances the acidity and leaner characteristics of the Early Pick. It was hugely tropical, with loads of banana and pineapple, and had over-the-top aromatics of melon, peach and orange blossoms. The finished wine is very lively with grapefruit, pear, peach, lemongrass, jasmine, orange blossom and a weighted texture and acidity to extend the flavors on the palate. Alcohol 14.7%.

2010 Lewis, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $33 at Napacabs

Rating: See comments below

  • $68 at La Mar | 2.1x

Like a refreshing swim on a languid summer day our 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is laden with sun-ripened fruit yet lively. Guava, melon and ruby grapefruit are awash with citrus peel, blossom, exotic spices and stone. Creamy custard texture and flavors become vibrant, limey and athletic for a long racy finish.

2009 St. Clement, Napa Valley, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $19 at Wine.com

Rating: See comments below

  • $38 at La Mar | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: The finished wine shows aromas of red apple and honeysuckle. On the palate, vanilla cream soda comes to mind while fruit flavors cantaloupe and banana are introduced. The wine finishes with bright acidity. Alcohol 14.8%.

2010 Luli, Santa Lucia Highlands, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $19 at K&L Wine Merchants

Rating: See comments below

  • $42 at La Mar | 2.2x

A joint venture between Sara Floyd, Master Sommelier from the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Pisoni family, one of the Santa Lucia Highlands preeminent growers and producers. The wine is made from fruit sourced from multiple vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and is fermented in a combination of neutral oak and stainless steel. Bright, but with a fuller texture than stainless only wines, winemaker Jeff Pisoni also suppresses malo, for a food-friendly, fresh wine at an affordable price.

2009 Mcintyre Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $24 via Wine – Searcher

Rating: See comments below

  • $46 at La Mar | 1.9x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: 2009 was the year of experimentation for McIntyre vineyards. We subjected this Chardonnay to multiple treatments. First, we thinned the vines to one cluster per shoot as we do this most years for a portion of the grapes, rather than the more typical two clusters per shoot, thereby reducing the yield per plant by about half. Second, when the grapes came into the winery I pressed some of the clusters in their entirety, dumping them directly into the press out of the picking bins. Third, the remaining fruit was destemmed and then put into the press. The idea behind this was to see what removing the stems and also giving the juice a little bit of skin contact by breaking open the berries in the destemmer would do to the flavor and texture of the wine. The result of these different techniques was pretty dramatic. The wine has the usual bright acidity that is the hallmark of this vineyard, but in addition to that there is a minerality and breadth on the palate that we have not achieved until this year. There is citrus and other yellow fruits, and a subtle flintiness that adds depth and interest. It turned out quite well. Alcohol 14.2%.

2008 Luca, Altos de Mendoza, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $33 at Wine.com

Rating: Robert Parker 93

  • $63 at La Mar | 1.9x | TOP PICK

93 points Robert Parker: The 2008 Chardonnay spent 12 months in 30% new French oak-aged sur lies before bottling without filtration. It has an alluring bouquet of toasty oak, baking spices, mineral, and tropical notes. This leads to a creamy textured, round, spicy Chardonnay with tons of flavor, excellent concentration, impeccable balance, and a length, pure finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. (2009 to 2014)

Winemaker’s Notes: Beautiful pale-gold color with enticing aromas of lemon crème, baking spices and some tropical notes. The aromas carry through to the palate, and are joined by hints of tropical fruit, spiced baked pear, and a stony/mineral flavor that creates a stylish wine that seems part New and part Old World. Finishes long with just a kiss of oak. This Chardonnay has a lot of flavor, but manages never to lose its balance. Pairs well with most fish, lobster, crab, chicken, and even many pork preparations. Particularly recommended with dishes using sautéed wild mushrooms or butter sauces.

Red Wines

83 selections that range in price from $40 to $255

2009 Chandon, Carneros, Pinot Meunier

Retail Price: $30 at Wine.com

Rating: See comments below

  • $44 at La Mar | 1.5x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: Bright fruits greet the nose with fresh plum, raspberry, boysenberry and strawberry jam. Deliciously fresh and juicy flavors of cranberry and pomegranate are balanced by roasted aromas of cola nut and hints of bay laurel. Pinot Meunier as a varietal offers earthiness to sparkling wines and that character is revealed in the still wine as notes of soubois. The 2009 vintage is distinguished by superb aromas and lively, vibrant palate. Alcohol 14.5%.

2009 Groundwork, Santa Barbara, Grenache

Retail Price: $20 at K&L Wine Merchants – SOLD OUT

Rating: See comments below

  • $48 at La Mar | 2.4x

Description from K&L: A big Central Coast Grenache that really flaunts its fruit, but is far from a one trick pony. It starts with a sweet raspberry nose spiked with spicy white pepper, a dusting of cocoa powder and a hint of gaminess. On the palate, there are savory garrigue-like undertone, with hints of espresso bean, game and fresh herb enveloping a core of juicy red fruit. Quite complex, this fun wine belies its $20 price tag.

2008 Freeman Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $39 at JJ Buckley & $39 at K&L Wine Merchants – SOLD OUT

Ratings: Wine Spectator 91

  • $62 at La Mar | 1.6x | TOP PICK
  • $74 at Wayfare Tavern | 1.9x | TOP PICK

Firm and spicy, with tight mineral, dried berry, anise and blueberry flavors delivered on a beam. Full-bodied, gaining structure on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,592 cases made. –JL

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 90 Points – Drink or Hold: Uneven year, but the best wines are complex and delicate.

2007 Scherrer Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $35 at K&L Wine Merchants & JJ Buckley

Ratings: Stephen Tanzer 91 & Allen Meadows 90

  • $79 at Wayfare Tavern | 2.2x | TOP PICK
  • $85 at La Mar | 2.4x

91 points from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Deep, vivid red. Perfumed nose offers medicinal redcurrant and black cherry, flowers and Asian spices. Broad but energetic and spicy on the palate, with very good sweetness and a lush texture to its red fruit flavors. An emerging element of white pepper adds cut and lift. Finishes with fine-grained tannins, a note of anise and a lovely light touch. I like this wine’s tactile quality.” (May/June ’10)

90 points from Allen Meadows’ Burghound: “A ripe, stylish and nicely complex nose features aromas of dark berry fruit, plum, earth and a hint of underbrush that is in keeping with the earthy character of the delicious, supple and textured medium-bodied flavors that are balanced and solidly persistent. The tannins are firm but integrated and this should easily reward 5 to 7 years of cellar time and last for years longer.” (Oct. 1, 2009)

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 95 Points – Drink or Hold: Grand year. Ideal growing season produced ripe, complex, balanced wines from all regions.

2007 Brogan Cellar, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $50 via Cellar Tracker

Rating: See comments below

  • $99 at La Mar | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: Aged in 50% new French oak for 11 months. Medium ruby color. Aromas of cherries, cola, rose petals, red cherry licorice whips, and sweet spice notes. Flavors are incredible, following through with sweet red cherries and spice with a long lingering
finish. This is a pretty sexy wine.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 95 Points – Drink or Hold: Grand year. Ideal growing season produced ripe, complex, balanced wines from all regions.

2009 Kistler, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $120 at Beltramo’s

Rating: Robert Parker 91 to 93

  • $110 at La Mar | 1.0x | TOP PICK

91 to 93 Robert Parker: he 2009 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard exhibits abundant notes of raspberries, black cherries and underbrush in a medium to full-bodied, elegant, mid-weight format. Enjoy it over the next 5-7 years.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 99 Points – Drink or Hold: Almost perfect, with scores of ripe, polished, deeply flavored wines.

2006 Casa Lapostolle, Cuvee Alexandre, Colchagua, Merlot

Retail Price: Release Price $25

Rating: Robert Parker 87

  • $49 at La Mar | 2.0x | TOP PICK

The 2006 Merlot Apalta Vineyard “Cuvee Alexandre”, a purple-colored offering with aromas of cedar, spice box, black cherry, and black currant. This is followed by a smooth-textured, ripe Merlot with ample savory black fruits, good depth, and a moderately long finish. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 91 Points – Drink: Long, very dry growing season with warm days and cool nights; consistent through all valleys. Late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère very promising; similar to ’05 but a shade less concentrated.

2007 Whitehall Lane, Napa Valley, Merlot

Retail Price: $25 at K&L Wine Merchants

Rating: Wine Spectator 90

  • $55 at La Mar | 2.2x

90 points Wine Spectator: “Sleek and classy, with black cherry and delicate toasty oak aromas that lead to supple, layered flavors of red currant, mocha and spice. Drink now through 2015. (07/10)

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 90 Points – Drink or Hold: Great promise in Napa, with rich and elegant wines; Sonoma offers value

2008 Stags Leap, Napa Valley, Merlot

Retail Price: $27 at K&L Wine Merchants

Rating: See comments below

  • $58 at La Mar | 2.1x

The Stags’ Leap Napa Valley Merlot 2008 has significant structure that is complemented by soft, supple tannins. The 2008 blend highlights how complex Merlot can be, starting with aromas of clove and cocoa followed by intense flavor notes of black cherry, plum and coffee.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 88 to 91 Points – Drink or Hold: Cool year with uneven ripening, quality varies.

2008 Shafer, Napa Valley, Merlot

Retail Price: $44 at K&L Wines

Rating: Wine Spectator 92 | Drink now to 2016

  • $65 at Los Altos Grill | 1.5x | TOP PICK
  • $66 at Waterfront Restaurant | 1.5x | TOP PICK
  • $80 at EPIC Roasthouse | 1.8x | TOP PICK
  • $84 at La Mar | 1.9x

92 points Wine Spectator: Elegant and focused, with black cherry and toasty oak aromas that lead to supple red currant, spice and herb notes. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins. Drink now through 2016. Alcohol 15.3%.

Winemaker’s Notes: The lengthy spring and summer offered seemingly endless stretches of warm, sunny days and cool nights. A gentle heat spell warmed up our vineyards in early September at exactly the right time to usher in the harvest of gorgeous fruit.

2008 Merlot has a lively, perfumy nose that begins the moment the bottle is opened – delicious aromas of red cherry, raspberry, red plum, cherry kirsch. In the mouth are rich, juicy, palate-enveloping flavors of pure red and black fruit, red licorice, and hints of mint and toasted almonds. The tannins are round and smooth and part of the long, pleasing finish. Alcohol 15.3%.

Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 88 to 91 Points – Drink or Hold: Cool year with uneven ripening, quality varies.

2007 Susana Balbo Brioso, Mendoza, Cabernet

Retail Price: $39 at Bevmo

Rating: Robert Parker 89+

  • $85 at La Mar | 2.2x

89+ points Robert Parker: The 2007 Brioso is a blend 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, and the balance Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. It spent 14 months in 100% new French oak. Dark ruby-colored, it displays a complex aromatic array of pain grille, graphite, spice box, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. Compressed on the palate, it will need at least 4-6 years to unwind. If it does (and I think it will), my score will look conservative.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 88 Points – Drink or Hold: Up-and-down growing season with some hail, cool temperatures and late-season rains; wines have lower alcohol levels and softer tannins. Late-ripening spots in Mendoza (La Consulta, Altamira) strongest.

2007 Cayu, Mendoza, Malbec

Retail Price: Release Price $50

Rating: Robert Parker 92

  • $92 at La Mar | 1.8x | TOP PICK

The 2007 Cayu Malbec (100%) was sourced from a single, relatively young vineyard in the Uco Valley. It was aged in barrel for 24 months, bottled without filtration, and then aged for another 12 months in bottle prior to release. Deep purple, it offers up an already complex bouquet of pain grille, mineral, espresso, lavender, black cherry, and blueberry. Dense, rich, and plush on the palate along with a sense of elegance, it will benefit from another 2-3 years of cellaring and will deliver optimum drinking from 2014 to 2022+

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 88 Points – Drink or Hold: Up-and-down growing season with some hail, cool temperatures and late-season rains; wines have lower alcohol levels and softer tannins. Late-ripening spots in Mendoza (La Consulta, Altamira) strongest.

2007 Mi Terruno, Mayacaba, Mendoza, Malbec

Retail Price: Release Price $50

Rating: Robert Parker 91+

  • $95 at La Mar | 1.9x | TOP PICK

91+ points Robert Parker: MI Terruno’s 2007 Mayacaba Malbec spent 14 months in French oak. It has a glass-coating opaque purple color with an alluring bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, mineral, incense, and black cherry. Densely layered on the palate, this flavorful, structured Malbec manages to retain an elegant personality. It has loads of succulent fruit, fine-grained tannin to match, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. At the moment it lacks only complexity; 4-6 years of cellaring is likely to remedy that issue.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 88 Points – Drink or Hold: Up-and-down growing season with some hail, cool temperatures and late-season rains; wines have lower alcohol levels and softer tannins. Late-ripening spots in Mendoza (La Consulta, Altamira) strongest.

2007 Franciscan, Magnificent, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $40 at Napacabs

Rating: See comments below

  • $98 at La Mar | 2.5x

Winemaker’s Notes: Supple and inviting with aromas of dark cherry and ripe Italian plums, the 2007 Magnificat is a rich and elegant interpretation of the traditional Bordeaux blend. Accentuated with notes of clove and tobacco, the Magnificat delivers Franciscan’s signature concentration in deep layers of integrated boysenberry, dark cherry, and cocoa flavors. The mouthfeel is full and round, with warm complexity and notes of anise and mocha on the lengthy finish. Blend: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec. Alcohol 14.5%.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 97 Points – Hold: Textbook growing year; small crop, ideal ripening, with scores of amazing wines defined by enormous complexity and plush tannins

2008 Pride Mountain, Napa & Sonoma, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $75 Bedford Wine Merchants

Rating: Robert Parker 91 & Wine Spectator 91

  • $125 at La Mar | 1.7x

91 points Robert Parker: The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful wine graced with expressive red fruit, flowers, licorice and tobacco. This mid-weight, understated wine impresses for its focus, length and fine overall balance. Floral notes round out the fleshy, generous finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020

91 points Wine Spectator: This tight, well-structured red is firm, with dried currant, blackberry, black licorice, anise, cedar and gravel flavors leading to a full body. Ends with a cleansing, refreshing aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2019. 5,270 cases made. –JL

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 96 Points Napa & 86 Points Sonoma – Hold: Frost year lowered yields but not quality. Rivals 2007; unique for its depth and concentration.

2008 Termes, Toro, Tempranillo

Retail Price: $22 at Artisan Wine Depot

Rating: Wine Spectator 91

  • $49 at La Mar | 2.2x

91 points Wine Spectator: This bold red matches ripe blackberry and currant flavors with toast, dark chocolate and oak notes. The tannins are firm and well-integrated, and the smoky mineral note is alluring. Drink now through 2016.

Winemaker’s Notes: Bright cherry-red in color with light purple tones. The aroma is very elegant and lively aromas, rich and complex. Fresh, fruity notes (black fruits, raspberry, dark sherry), nicely integrated with spices, tobacco & toasted aromas (vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon). The palate has a silky texture, concentrated, well structured and very elegant. The finish is long and complex, with spices, tobacco, raspberries and blackberries notes. Alcohol 14.5%.

2006 Finca Villacreces, Ribera Del Duero, Tempranillo

Retail Price: $40 at Wine.com

Rating: Robert Parker 94

  • $97 at La Mar | 2.4x

94 points Robert Parker: The purple-colored 2006 Tinto is made up of 86% Tempranillo and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged for 16 months in French oak. The nose displays a brooding aromatic array of Asian spices, damp earth, mineral, blackberry, and violets. Dense and stacked on the palate, the wine is still a bit tightly wound and will benefit from 4-6 years of additional cellaring. Incipiently complex and exceptionally lengthy, it should be at its best from 2025 to 2031.

Winemaker’s Notes: Inky purple, it has an expressive bouquet of mocha/espresso, pain grille, graphite, wild blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a full-bodied, full-flavored, plush wine with layers of spicy black fruits, impeccable balance, and a long, pure finish. The tannins are well concealed but this superb effort should evolve for 4-6 years and drink well through 2027. Alcohol 14.0%.

Vintage Description from Wine Spectator 89 Points – Drink or Hold: Firm, with bright fruit and good balance.

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