Donati Claret 2016 / 750 ml.

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JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, May 3, 2019
This well-structured but sleek Bordeaux blend from the Central Coast is brimming with sour-cherry and blackberry aromas. The gentle tannins are already well integrated and this has a very food-friendly balance. With a little more concentration, it would rate even higher. Drink or hold.

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

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Food Pairings: Burgers

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JS91 91 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Friday, May 3, 2019)

This well-structured but sleek Bordeaux blend from the Central Coast is brimming with sour-cherry and blackberry aromas. The gentle tannins are already well integrated and this has a very food-friendly balance. With a little more concentration, it would rate even higher. Drink or hold.

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When it comes to US wine production, California is King. California wines account for almost 90% of all wines produced in the United States each year, and is home to the most celebrated vineyards and producers in the country. California is probably best known for its world-famous Cabernets and Chardonnays, many of which hail from its two most-acclaimed AVAs, Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Other prominent grapes used in California wines include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel (which California made popular).

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SKU 73790
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Donati Claret
Country United States
Region California
District Central Coast
Product Location - Location-Appellation Paicines
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13.8%
Wine/Spirit Brand Donati
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2016
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Spec. Designation Sustainable
Organic Description Sustainable Farming
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Pairing Burgers
Occasion Pairing Picnic
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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Darioush Darius II | Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 / 1.5 L.

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RP9999 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Oct 2018
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Darius II sparks both hedonistic and cerebral appreciation by exuding profound scents of preserved plums, blackberry compote, blueberry pie, kirsch and warm cassis with suggestions of candied violets, cigar box, Indian spices, fragrant earth, truffles and licorice. Full-bodied, bold and decadently fruited in the mouth, the palate delivers rich black fruit and spicy layers with a firm yet velvety frame and an epically long, earth-laced finish.
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 19, 2018
Big and rich Napa red with layers of soft, lavish tannins and ripe fruit with a dried-berry and cedar undertone. Full body. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold.
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Not Shippable. WNY Local Delivery and In-Store Pickup only. Learn More Sorry, this item is not available for shipment outside of the Western New York area. Either the bottle is too large for our packaging (i.e. we cannot ship anything larger than 750 ml), the dimensions/shape of the bottle doesn't fit within our packaging for safe shipment, or this is a widely-distributed wine (e.g. Barefoot, Yellow Tail, etc) which we only sell at our physical store or for in-store pickup.

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RP9898 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Oct 2018
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Proprietary Red EE Tench Vineyard is scented of pure plums and ripe blueberries with redcurrants and touches of lavender, roses, bay leaves and dusty earth. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm, fine-grained, vibrant and refreshing, finishing long and perfumed. 1,403 cases produced.
VN94+94–97 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2018
Lifted aromatics give the 2016 Red Wine EE Tench Vineyard a dimension of breadth and expansiveness that is alluring. The red cherry, plum, mocha and spice flavors are racy in this dense, explosive wine. The EE is shaping up to be another gem from Russell Bevan.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2019
Offers a lavish feel, with waves of crushed plum, blackberry and açaí berry flavors rolling forth, infused liberally with dark licorice, sweet toast and fruitcake notes. A late tug of dark earth keeps this just honest enough. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2020 through 2032. 1,403 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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Bond Melbury 2016 / 750 ml.

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 92549

VN9898 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
The 2016 Melbury is powerful and yet medium in body, with layers of exotic spice, dark red cherry, blood orange, leather, licorice and star anise that give it an exotic character I don’t remember seeing in the past. Despite its mid-weight profile, the Melbury has plenty of supporting structure. Over the last year, the Melbury has gained a bit of weight, but remains quite focused. Sometimes the Melbury suffers by being the first vineyard-designate poured at Bond. Its remarkable allure is evident nonetheless. This is an impressive showing.
RP97+97+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Sep 2019
Overlooking Lake Hennessy up on Pritchard Hill, Melbury vineyard has produced a beautifully elegant and vivacious signature in 2016, which clearly reveals the personality that this incredible site tends to want to give. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Melbury comes bounding out of the glass with expressive black and red currants notes followed by wild blueberries, warm plums, pencil shavings and wild sage plus wafts of lavender and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is practically electric with energetic fruit, framed by firm, grainy tannins and invigorating freshness, finishing long and minerally.
SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 16, 2020
Featuring currant and fig notes, this offers a juicy, slightly rounded feel, revealing melted licorice, sweet tobacco and warm gravel accents along the way. Shows most of its muscle on the finish and shuts down a bit in the glass, indicating that cellaring is required. Best from 2022 through 2040. 370 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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Colgin Cariad | Napa Valley Red Wine 2016 / 750 ml.

Napa Valley Red Wine
2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 92376

VN100100 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2018
The highlight in this range today, the 2016 Cariad is utterly magnificent. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot give the wine soaring aromatic intensity and striking savoriness to play off the racy, forward fruit. Time in barrel has done wonders to meld all the elements together. Today, the Cariad is dense, explosive and super-expressive. And yet my sense is that the 2016 still has quite a bit of room to grow. Even at this early stage, the 2016 is a total stunner. The symbiosis of David Abreu fruit and Allision Tauziet’s winemaking makes for an electric, unforgettable 2016. Don’t miss it.
SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2019
Rich and very suave in style, with a gorgeous core of pure plum, blackberry and cassis notes sailing through the long finish, which is supported by a well-buried graphite edge that allows the creamy feel to gain the upper hand while keeping everything grounded. A beautiful display of restrained power. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. To be released March 2020. Best from 2021 through 2035. 750 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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United States | California | Napa Valley

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JD9696 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/31/2020
The 2016 Claret checks in as 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot. Like the Merlot, it too is a mix of mountain and valley floor vineyards. Loads of ripe currants, violets, graphite, and chocolate emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, ripe, velvety tannins, and a great finish. This ripe, sexy 2016 can be drunk today or cellared for 15–20 years, if you’re so inclined. There are only 612 cases. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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Foley’s 2016 Claret is sourced from vineyards in the Calistoga, Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder AVAs, a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, with about 30% new oak. Super ripe and concentrated, it delivers slow-moving swells of cassis and dark chocolate, being impressively full-bodied and almost fudge-like but lacking a bit of liveliness.
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United States | California | Napa Valley

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Donati Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 / 750 ml.

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 88264

WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 3/1/2021
Focused aromas of black plum, dried violet, soy and blood show on the slightly subdued nose of this bottling. There is more action on the palate, where savory beef-jerky and soy flavors meet with tart black-plum elements.
JD8888 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - September 1, 2020
Lots of spice, mint, cedar, and assorted red and black fruits emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve, an elegant, medium-bodied effort offering ripe tannins, good sweetness of fruit, and plenty of charm. It’s well-done, and I suspect it will keep for a solid 8–10 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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