2016 Opus One $329.99 (Wine Advocate 98 points)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Opus One offers up bold, expressive black and blue fruits: warm black plums, black cherries, blackcurrants and wild blueberries with a beautiful undercurrent of lilacs, roses, fertile loam, underbrush and Indian spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is a tightly coiled spring ready to explode, with fantastic tension and wonderfully ripe, very fine-grained tannins, finishing very long with a mineral lift.
2015 Pahlmeyer Merlot $74.99 (Wine Advocate 93-95 points)
There are few truly profound Merlots being made in California, but Pahlmeyer has consistently made some of the best. I still have some that are 20+ years old and aging magnificently. I suspect that the last three vintages that they made were better than anything I bought 20+ years ago. The 2015 Merlot is 100% Merlot, but the crop level was off by 50%-60% because of the horrendous flowering that makes 2015 a relatively tiny crop in both Napa and Sonoma. This is a big, fleshy, rather hefty and chewy style of Merlot with loads of chocolate, blackberry, cassis, extraordinary opulence, voluptuous texture (as you might expect) and terrific ripeness without going over the edge. This should drink well young, but age effortlessly for 20-25 years.
2017 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape $74.99(Wine Spectator 95 points)
A dark and winey style, offering a mix of plum, black currant and black cherry notes, infused with black tea, fruitcake and anise accents. Solidly built, vibrant and energetic from start to finish, this carries copious fruit easily through the lengthy finish. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Best from 2020 through 2040. 3,500 cases imported.
2015 Tether Cabernet Sauvignon $39.99 (Wine Advocate 92 points)
Deep garnet with a hint of purple, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with bold plum preserves, warm blackberries and black forest cake with hints of cigar box and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, elegant and with a firm structure, it finishes long and savory. Delicious right now!