Reserve Selections

2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Reserve Selections | WineDeals.com

We assembled a collection of top wines and spirits for gift-giving and entertaining in our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide. Here are some Reserve Room selections, wines that will impress even the most serious collector. These are the bottles you want to give to your wine-loving friend, family member, or co-worker/boss. They'll be very impressed!

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Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 96689

VN9797 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2021
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Brave is fabulous. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2018 possesses tremendous depth and tons of personality. Graphite, blue/purplish fruit, blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, sage, lavender, menthol give the 2018 tons of character to match its explosive feel. The brooding, backward wine is going to need quite a bit of time to unwind, but boy is it gorgeous.
JD9797 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/27/2021
Lots of cassis and black raspberry fruits as well as classic Mount Veeder notes of lavender, violets, bouquet garni, and rocky, mineral-like notes emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, full-bodied mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a plush, layered texture, beautiful tannins, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, and a great finish. Another head-turning wine from this label, it’s a candidate for the best Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon out there at the price point. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP95+95+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jan 2021
A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder was aged for 22 months in oak barrels, 82% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it springs from the glass with vibrant crème de cassis, baked plums and Morello cherries scents, followed by nuances of sautéed herbs, clove oil, mocha and scorched earth. The full-bodied palate is densely laden with layers of black and blue fruits, sporting a rock-solid backbone of grainy tannins and great tension, finishing long and minerally. 6,753 cases were made.
JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Blackberry and chili with hints of cloves and graphite. Bitter chocolate, too. Full-bodied, very linear and tight with intense tannins that lead you down the finish. Solid structure. Needs four or five years to open up. Better after 2025.
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2021
This packs in lots of dense yet sleek blackberry, mulberry and black currant fruit flavors, while anise, sassafras and violet notes add range throughout. There’s plenty of structure embedded as well, though it tilts to the zesty, acid-driven side of the ledger, further enlivening the fruit. This has a serious oak treatment, but it’s very precise and fine-grained. For the cellar. Best from 2022 through 2038. 6,753 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2023
A crowd-pleaser, with boysenberry and acai berry fruit flavors streaming through, while a silky but persistent structure carries this through the chocolate-framed finish. Caressing in feel, with a subtle savory echo at the very end. Drink now through 2033. 141,348 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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Lewelling Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 98855

JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 12/21/2021
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliant and has classic varietal aromas and flavors of cassis and dark currants as well as tobacco, cedar pencil, espresso, and spring flowers. With medium to full body, a seamless, elegant mouthfeel, silky tannins, and impeccable balance, it’s well worth seeking out and a multi-bottle purchase. I’d certainly be thrilled to have bottles in the cellar. It will have 15–20 years of longevity. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2022
The base 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is terrific, and while I don’t know the price, I suspect it’s a great value. Deep purple-hued, with terrific mulled currant and blackberry fruits, it has lots of ripe herbal, chocolaty spice notes, full-bodied richness, sweet tannins, and a great finish. This is pure Napa Valley goodness to drink over the coming 10–15 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 15th Sep 2022
Notes of black cherries and cassis combine with cedar and vanilla on the nose of the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that’s almost equal parts Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder and Oakville. It’s medium to full-bodied, reasonably concentrated and already accessible, with plush tannins and a lingering finish. (Joe Czerwinski)
VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2022
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a soft, easygoing wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Succulent red cherry, plum, mocha, new leather and spice are nicely pushed forward, with floral notes that build in the glass. The Napa Valley Cabernet is a blend of fruit of estate vineyards in Oakville, Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder. (Antonio Galloni)
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Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 99117

RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Dec 2022
The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, made entirely with free-run juice, is blended with 23% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc and was matured for 16 months in 50% new French oak. Deep ruby-purple, it offers savory aromas of black cherries, charcuterie, cedar, mushroom, tobacco, dried herbs and pencil shavings. The medium-bodied palate is chalky and fresh with savory fruits and a mineral-driven finish. (Erin Brooks)
RP92+92–94 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 15th Mar 2022
The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a barrel sample of free-run Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) and Petit Verdot (25%), matured for 16 months in 50% new oak. Still youthfully coiled, it hints at blueberry fruit with swirls of graphite, soy sauce and exotic spices. The medium-bodied palate is velvety in texture, savory in character and finishes with uplifting acidity. This is due to be bottled in May 2022. (Erin Brooks)
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SP95+95–98 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2020
Youthfully balled up, but there’s a ton of gorgeous cassis, raspberry and plum fruit, all of it kept in check right now thanks to a bolt of iron as riveting as I’ve seen in this wine. Barrel samples are often easily impressive, but this is way more than that.—Non-blind Louis M. Martini vertical (July 2020). (James Molesworth)
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2023
Well-built, with a dense core of red and black currant reduction flavors held in check for now, while iron-tinged sweet tobacco, warm earth and singed apple wood notes hold sway. Packs a muscular, racy structure that drives underneath, so just give this a bit more time to fully meld. Rock-solid, though. Best from 2025 through 2040. 1,350 cases made. (James Molesworth)
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, January 14, 2022
Aromas of currants, blackberries, vanilla, walnuts and cedar. It’s full-bodied with firm, polished tannins. Plush, supple and textured with a deep core of dark fruit and spice. Vanilla, too. Rich and flavorful. Big, chewy wine. Try from 2023. (James Suckling)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2022
Martini’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard has the site’s characteristic mint and herbal overtones, but it also offers deep cassis and plum notes. Full-bodied, ripe but firm, with typical Cabernet Sauvignon varietal austerity and reserve, framed by fine-grained, silky tannins that linger on the finish, it’s a classic example of Monte Rosso Cabernet. (Joe Czerwinski)
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Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 566

WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2022
Supple, layered and brooding in rich red fruit, this wine is lush and energetic in its youth. Toasted oak adds notes of baking spice and vanilla to the grand, decadent style. (Virginie Boone)
JD9292 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/10/2022
A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District shows the complex, perfumed, elegant style of this appellation nicely, with plenty of red and black fruits, notes of tobacco, chalky minerality, and spice, medium to full body, ripe tannins, and outstanding length. 7765 cases. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2022
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is bright, effusive and charming right out of the gate. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red berry fruit and blood orange are all very nicely lifted in this mid-weight, gracious Cabernet from Chimney Rock. It’s a fabulous introduction to the range. (Antonio Galloni)
RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2022
Chimney Rock’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot, with 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Aged 18 months in 50% new French oak, the wood is relatively restrained here, adding just hints of cedar and vanilla to the raspberry, cassis and cherry aromas. Medium to full-bodied, supple and silky, this is a fun, easy-to-drink Cabernet for drinking over the next decade. (Joe Czerwinski)
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Aug 31, 2023
Pumps out tasty dark plum and blackberry compote flavors, with a good coating of black licorice and a subtle thread of singed alder. Sneaky long finish. Drink now through 2033. 7,765 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 99195

WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 7/1/2022
With a slight nose of reduction, this wine offers grippy tannin and sizable oak. Blueberry, currant, cedar and sage give it an elegance and classic structure of understated power, finishing in notes of tobacco and clove. Enjoy from 2029–2039. (Virginie Boone)
JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 4, 2021
Aromas of dark plums, black olives, bark, dried herbs and cloves. Medium-to full-bodied with powdery tannins. Rich and creamy with chocolate and black fruit on the palate. Chewy finish with excellent length. Fresh. Drink from 2023. (James Suckling)
JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2022
Deep ruby-hued, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon has a textbook Cabernet nose of ripe red and black fruits, leafy herbs, tobacco, spicy oak, and loamy earth. Nicely textured on the palate, it shows the supple elegance of the 2019 vintage, has ripe tannins, medium to full body, and outstanding length. It’s a beautifully balanced, classic 2019 to drink any time over the coming 15 to 20 years. The blend is 94% Cabernet, 4% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, aged 17 months in 65% new French oak. There are 20,000 cases produced, which is certainly impressive at this quality level. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 15th Sep 2022
Far Niente’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is based on Oakville fruit (about 40% to 50% of the blend), with smaller contributions from Oak Knoll, Calistoga, St. Helena, Diamond Mountain and Stags Leap. The result offers a charming blend of cherries and cassis, with hints of sage, mint and dried spices. A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and smaller amounts of Malbec and Petit Verdot, all aged 16 to 17 months in French oak (two-thirds new), it’s medium to full-bodied, with a slightly chunky, corpulent feel on the palate and a long, softly dusty finish. (Joe Czerwinski)
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2022
This leads off with singed vanilla, followed quickly by warmed cassis and plum reduction flavors. The toasty finish lets a tobacco streak in amid the fruit. Drink now through 2030. 23,300 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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Amici Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 1003

JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, April 4, 2023
A cab with lots of currant and blackberry aromas with some fresh herbs such as sage and lead pencil character. Lots of crushed stone and cement as well. Medium to full body. Firm and polished, Extremely long and vivid. A blend of Hudson, Morisoli, and George III. Shows the magic of 2021. Needs two or three years to soften and come together. (James Suckling)
JD93+93–95 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 2/16/2023
Always a beautiful wine, as well as one of the best values out there, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers lots of chocolaty red and blue fruits as well as medium to full body, an elegant, perfectly balanced mouthfeel, classic Cabernet spice, leather, and dried herbs, and a great finish. It shows the quality of the vintage and will be a no-brainer purchase. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Dec 2023
Amici’s 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts intense aromas of camphor, mocha, loamy earth and dark-skinned fruit. Plums, black cherries and cassis carry over onto a medium to full-bodied palate framed by supple tannins, ending in a long, mouthwatering finish. A step up from the regular bottling, it also offers solid value for a Napa Cab, coming in at roughly $100 retail. (Joe Czerwinski)
RP92+92–94 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Mar 2023
Amici’s 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve will spend 22 months in oak before bottling. It features deep cedar and camphor notes, plus cassis and blueberry fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, richly weighted and silky in texture, it delivers a long, mouthwatering finish. Nicely done. (Joe Czerwinski)
VN91+91–94 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2023
The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve marries energy and depth. In most vintages, the Reserve is an under the radar gem. The 2021 is another terrific example. Bright acids and beams of tannin run through a core of dark fruit. Mocha, tobacco, cedar, licorice and chocolate linger. The 2021 is a bit firm, but time in bottle should take care of that. Once again, the Reserve looks like it will be one of the stars in this range. (Antonio Galloni)
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VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2022
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a huge, opulent wine. A blast of inky dark fruit, chocolate, spice, plum and menthol gives the 2019 its racy, extroverted personality. The Estate is a typical wine from Cade that balances Howell Mountain intensity with plenty of Napa Valley lushness. The 2019 is sure to be a crowd pleaser. (Antonio Galloni)
JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2022
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is even better, with a stunning nose of black and blue fruits as well as iron, black olive tapenade, and subtle herbal nuances. Pure 2019 goodness on the palate, it’s full-bodied, has ripe, polished tannins, a great mid-palate, and one heck of a finish. It’s not for those looking for old school Claret, but it brings beautiful richness and depth and will shine for at least 10–12 years as well. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2021
The 2019 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is blended of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. Deep garnet-purple in color, it charges out of the glass with vibrant black cherry preserves, wild blueberries and mulberries scents, giving way to a core of cassis and star anise plus a waft of chocolate box. Full-bodied, concentrated and packed with bright black fruits, it has a fine-grained texture and long, energetic finish. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2023
This is packed with steeped plum and blackberry fruit paste notes mixed with tar, roasted apple wood and warm earth. A racy savory stripe is nicely buried through the finish, where a violet echo lingers. Best from 2024 through 2036. 14,670 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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