95+ Point Wines

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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 Director of Wine Jon Ellison with your questions and comments.

Sine Qua Non 2013 Grenache "Stein" 750ml

$543.39

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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Château Palmer 2014 Margaux 750ml

$521.65

“The 2014 Palmer builds on the promise that it showed in barrel. It is clearly a more understated and nuanced Palmer from winemaker Thomas Duroux this year, but a Margaux with exquisite delineation and precision, hints of blackberry, boysenberry...

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Joseph Phelps 2013/2014 Insignia 750ml

$354.99

BLEND AND GRAPE SOURCES: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc from 100% estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards: Stags Leap District (19% Las Rocas & 17% Barboza Vineyards), Napa Valley (20% Suscol Vineyard),...

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Château Leoville Las Cases 2014 St. Julien 750ml

$326.00

“The 2014 Leoville-Las Cases is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot, cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 85% new oak. There is 6.8% vin de presse this year. Picked between 30 September and 13...

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Vietti 2012/2013 Barolo Ravera 750ml

$326.00

The 2013 Barolo Ravera is a real stunner. An exceptional, brilliant wine, the 2013 Barolo Ravera possesses breathtaking aromatics, translucent fruit and energy to burn. In 2013, the Ravera is dark and brooding, with fabulous intensity and the linear,...

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Rene Rostaing 2012 Cote Rotie "Cote Blonde" 750ml

$321.65

I think the best wine here (at the moment anyways) is the 2012 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde. More reserved and closed initially, it has subtle, yet seductive notes of black raspberry, blackberry, toasted spice, smoke earth and cured meat that gradually open up...

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Quilceda Creek 12/13/14 Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

$304.26

  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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Rene Rostaing 2012 Cote Rotie "La Landonne" 750ml

$282.52

Getting a big "Wow" in the notes, the 2012 Cote Rotie la Landonne offers additional richness, concentration and depth, with notes of lots of floral and violet notes intermixed with cassis, cruhsed rock and pepper. Full-bodied, concentrated and with...

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Sette Ponti 2015 Oreno 1.5L

$260.70

The 2015 Oreno is fabulous. Rich, sumptuous and yet very much medium in body, the 2015 has it all going on. Silky tannins and juicy, pliant fruit add to the wine's considerable appeal. Succulent dark cherry, plum, chocolate, mocha and licorice infuse...

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Taylor Fladgate 2003 Vintage Port 750ml

$234.69

“The 2003 Taylor’s has a lovely ripe, primal bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, vanilla and marmalade that shows slightly better delineation than the Fonseca. The palate is medium-bodied with very composed, refined tannins that belie the heat...

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Togni 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley 750ml

$208.60

Togni's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is quite dark and powerful, but also very much medium in body. Graphite, smoke, savory herbs, mint, leather and a core of inky dark red and purplish fruit infuse this deep, beautifully layered Cabernet Sauvignon...

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Dominus 2013 Napanook Red 750ml

$173.83

Just as magnificent from bottle as it was in barrel, the 2013 Napanook is dense, powerful and brooding, with searing intensity and extraordinary balance. Lavender, plums, violets, licorice and smoke are some of the signatures, but the 2013 exudes...

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Dagueneau 2014 Silex Pouilly-Fumé 750ml

$160.78

Located just outside the village of Saint Andelain sits Dagueneau’s 11-hectares vineyard, which is now managed by Didier’s son Louis-Benjamin. ‘Silex’ is the premier wine from Dagueneau and is sourced from low-yielding plots,...

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Dagueneau 2013/2014 Sancerre Les Monts Damnes 750ml

$147.74

2014 Vintage: Shows a mature edge, with a slightly rounded feel to the lemon curd and gooseberry gelée notes that glide through, extending through a long, verbena- and flint-fueled finish that has a mouthwatering echo at the very end. Offers a...

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