95+ Point Wines


Wines awarded 95 or more points are much rarer than those scoring between 90-94. What can you expect from a high-scoring wine? Most critics agree that 95+ points indicates benchmark examples of the type or vintages, and wines that are judged to become classics. Keep in mind that critics have their own preferences for different styles or regions of wine. Some may prefer stronger, bolder tasting wines; others, weaker, more subtle. Some prefer Bordeaux or California, for example, and tend to rate those wines slightly higher. Like getting to know your friends, becoming familiar with major critics and their preferences also takes time. To make a broad statement however, most top critics generally agree and all of them recognize quality.

We do our best to post the most reputable and recent critic scores available so our clients can feel confident in their fine wine purchases.

Inquiring about fine wine availability in the BC market? Contact our Director of Wine Jon Ellison with your questions and comments.

Antinori 2014 Tignanello 750ml


2014 vintage: Tignanello has this amazing ability of always being, well, Tignanello. Its very DNA makes it among the most distinctive and recognizable wines in the world. I'm happy to report that this is also the case for the 2014 Tignanello that faced...

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La Rioja Alta 2007 Gran Reserva 904 750ml


Critical Acclaim: If Viña Ardanza seems to be going fast, the Gran Reserva 904 is even faster and we're now on the 2007 Gran Reserva 904. This wants to be the classic Gran Reserva--polished, silky and elegant, with aging potential. It is a blend...

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Antinori 2011 Solaia IGT 750ml


Critical Acclaim:Blackberry jam, cassis, grilled herbs and melted road tar meld together in the 2011 Solaia. Another super-exotic, racy 2011 from Antinori, Solaia is supremely beautiful. Mocha, espresso and sage are some of the many notes that add...

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Figgins Family 2011/2013 Estate Red 750ml


2013 vintage: The flagship is the 2013 Estate Red Wine, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot that spent 20 months in 62% new French oak, with the balance in second fill barrels. Coming from a cooler, higher elevation site on...

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Quilceda Creek 12/13/14 Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


  2014 vintage: (made without press wine; Paul Golitzin referred to this wine as the estate's "extra virgin olive oil"; 100% new oak): Bright ruby-red; not hugely saturated. Sexy scents of cassis, blackberry and violet. Wonderfully fine-grained...

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Il Poggione 2011/2012 Brunello di Montalcino 750ml


2012 vintage: Il Poggione is a Brunello superstar and a vintage like this reveals every reason why that affirmation is true. From the second the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino pours into the glass, you know you are in for something special. The wine is...

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Sine Qua Non 2012/2013 Grenache "Stein" 750ml


Starting with the Grenache release, the 2012 Grenache Stein is a blend of 76% Grenache, 16% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre, aged in 14% new French oak (15% was in concrete), that comes mostly from the estate's Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills,...

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Vincent Paris 2015 Cornas 'La Geynale' 750ml


Paris’ 2015 Cornas la Geynale comes from the south-facing parcel of the same name and from 100-year-old vines. It’s hugely concentrated and rich yet firm and austere, showing off its granite pedigree. Licorice, plum and crushed stone notes...

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Château Leoville Poyferre 2010, St. Julien 750ml


Critical Acclaim: The wine out distances both Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Barton, but all three of them are compelling efforts. Full-bodied, dense purple in color, with floral notes intermixed with blackberries, cassis, graphite and spring flowers,...

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Château Larcis Ducasse 2014 Saint-Émilion 750ml


“The 2014 Larcis-Ducasse has a lovely bouquet: quite complex compared to its Saint Emilion peers, adorned with rose petal notes complementing the cranberry and wild strawberry fruit, the oak neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with a...

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Mount Eden 2013 Estate Pinot Noir 750ml


The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate is one of the stars from the appellation, and the vintage. Offering fabulous notes of black cherries, currants, crushed rocks and sous bois, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, building tannin and a...

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Pelissero 2011 Barbaresco "Tulin" DOCG 750ml


Pelissero's 2011 Barbaresco Tulin impresses for its crystalline purity. Bright veins of chalky salinity support the fruit in a drop-dead gorgeous, vibrant Barbaresco built on energy and nuance. An exotic finish laced with hints of tangerine peel, rose...

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Chiara Boschis 2011 Barolo "Via Nuova" 750ml


Score: 95 points E. Pira (Chiara Boschis) 2011 Barolo Via Nuova Barolo, Monforte D'alba, Serralunga D'alba, Piedmont Drinking window: 2018 - 2036 The 2011 Barolo Via Nuova is once again fabulous. A wine that brings together the very best of the modern...

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