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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.

Masseto 2017 Tenuta Dell' Ornellaia Red 3.0L

$4,354.99

Critical Acclaim: The 2012 Ornellaia has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it from bottle a few months ago. Rich, powerful and concentrated, the 2012 offers plenty of depth and intensity, with expressive fruit and striking mid-palate...

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Cristal 2007 Brut 3.0L

$3,478.08

Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon calls Cristal "the first terroir cuvée of the Champagne." He furthers, "It’s not just Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, but the chalk that brings the ultimate finesse, length and precision of Cristal." Forty-five...

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Masseto 2017 Tenuta Dell' Ornellaia Red 1.5L

$2,049.99

Critical Acclaim: The 2012 Ornellaia has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it from bottle a few months ago. Rich, powerful and concentrated, the 2012 offers plenty of depth and intensity, with expressive fruit and striking mid-palate...

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Giacomo Conterno 2014 Barolo Riserva Monfortino 750ml

$1,430.34

The 2014 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is an epic wine, just as it always has been. Readers will surely be tempted to taste the 2014 now, but I would try to resist that, if possible. Usually, I recommend tasting young Monfortino upon release, when it has...

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Shafer 2016 Hillside Select 1.5L

$1,095.56

Very deep, vibrant purple-black colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select strides confidently out of the glass with expressive notions of blueberry preserves, Black Forest cake, cassis and cedar chest with touches of pencil lead, licorice,...

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Vega Sicilia Reserva Especial R20 750ml

$999.99

To be released in 2020, the NV Único Reserva Especial 2020 Release is a non-vintage blend of 59 barrels from 2008, 2009 and 2010, mostly Tempranillo with some Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has been getting closer to the style of the Único,...

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Antinori 2004 Solaia IGT 750ml

$912.95

I consider the 2004 Solaia the first of the truly epic modern Solaia. This is the first vintage in which the component wines were aged separately and blended towards the end of aging. That, along with more care in managing temperature in fermentation and...

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Vega Sicilia 2010 Unico 750ml

$799.99

I was surprised by the aromatics of the 2010 Único, cropped from a powerful and concentrated year that delivered this blend of 94% Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo) and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 14.5% alcohol and a highish pH of 3.87. It fermented...

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Antinori 2012 Solaia IGT 750ml

$634.69

The 2012 Solaia is the ultimate comfort wine: It serves as a beautiful monument to the potential of Italian wine. Let me give you some context. My lukewarm review of the 2011 vintage caused some heads to turn. Happily, the previous vintage has served as...

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Ovid 2016 Hexameter Napa Valley Red 750ml

$569.47

Blended of 55% Cabernet Franc, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Hexameter leaps from the glass with bold Black Forest cake, cassis and redcurrant jelly scents with suggestions of candied violets, pencil...

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Dal Forno 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella 750ml

$565.13

The 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is my favorite wine in the retrospective, along with the amazing 2011, 2009 and 1996 vintages. This wine was released at the beginning of this year, and because Dal Forno skipped over the 2014 vintage,...

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Guigal 2011 Cote Rotie La Mouline 750ml Guigal 2010 Cote Rotie La Mouline Label
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Guigal 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline 750ml

$565.13 $429.24

Floral aromas accent sturdy notes of grilled meat and almost delicate notes of red berries in the open, approachable 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline. Medium to full-bodied, it shows great purity and a supple, silky, classic feel. It's built more on elegance...

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Joseph Phelps 2016 Insignia 750ml

$565.13

Bottled in January 2019, the 2016 Insignia is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is a little reticent to begin,...

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Camille Giroud 2017 Chambertin Grand Cru 750ml

$543.39

The 2017 Chambertin Grand Cru is a powerful, wonderfully complete wine that shows the breadth and pedigree that are such signatures of this site. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, spice and dried flowers build in an aromatically intense, vivid...

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