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 our Director of Wine Jon Ellison with your questions and comments.

Mount Eden 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

$112.96

"Mount Eden's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon offers a striking interplay of ripe, flamboyant fruit and supporting mountain structure. Fresh, vibrant and energetic to the core, this stunning, beautifully delineated Cabernet Sauvignon might need another decade to...

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La Rioja Alta 2007 Gran Reserva 904 750ml

$108.60

Critical Acclaim: The 2004 Gran Reserva 904 is Tempranillo from Brinas, Labastida and Villalba balanced with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were fermented and macerated in inox vats for 14 days at 28º C, and malolactic...

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Figgins Family 2011/2013 Estate Red 750ml

$133.82

The Figgins 2012 Estate Red Wine is flat-out knockout stuff. Layered, gorgeously concentrated, full-bodied, and balanced, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend gives up sensational notes of cassis, black raspberry toasted bread and sweet spice on the...

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CUNE 2009 Imperial Gran Reserva 750ml

$88.99

Critical Acclaim: (95% tempranillo and 5% graciano): Vivid ruby-red. Lively and complex on the nose, displaying an array of red fruit and floral scents, along with suggestions of vanilla, cured tobacco and pungent herbs. Sweet and expansive on the...

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Quilceda Creek 2012/2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

$304.26

Critical Acclaim: 2012 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from 97% Champoux Vineyard along with 3% Wallula Vineyard. This displays a dark, opaque appearance, followed by lovely aromas of dark fruits, crème...

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

$543.39

"The 2012 Grenache Stein incorporates 16% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre. Aged 22 months in mostly used oak (various sizes), it offers awesome purity and freshness in its black raspberry, cassis, ground herbs, white pepper and licorice-driven bouquet. The palate...

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Joseph Phelps 2012 Insignia 750ml

$408.61

Just bottled, the 2012 Insignia is rich, voluptuous and racy to the core. Raspberry jam, mocha, wild flowers, spices and espresso are laced together in a sensual, enveloping Insignia that should drink well with minimal cellaring. I imagine the 2012 will...

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Mount Eden 2013 Estate Chardonnay 750ml

$108.61

Mount Eden's 2011 Chardonnay is simply magnificent. Intense and tightly-coiled from the very first taste, the 2011 pulsates with energy, texture and pure class. Bright citrus, lemon oil, flowers and crushed rocks are all vivid in the glass, but it is the...

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Siro Pacenti 2011 Brunello di Montalcino 750ml

$165.13

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is deep, textured and impeccably balanced. Dark cherries, plums, tobacco, crushed rocks and spices blossom in the glass. Here, too, the overall sense of harmony is utterly captivating. A gorgeous wine, the 2008 stands out...

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Leeuwin Estate 2014 Artist Series Shiraz 750ml

$67.74

"No question this is the best shiraz Leeuwin have released since beginning their rediscovery of this variety a few years ago. Soft and luxurious with supple fleshy fruit held with firmish tannin and quality fine grained oak. Shows the greatest density...

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Taittinger 2006 Comtes de Champagne Rose 750ml

$365.13

Critical Acclaim: "Taittinger's 2006 Comtes de Champagne Rosé has come along nicely over the last six months. Intensely perfumed, Pinot-inflected aromatics carry through the mid-palate and finish as the 2006 shows off its depth and pure energy...

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Château Leoville Las Cases 2011, St. Julien 750ml

$260.78

Critical Acclaim: This has some toast to shed, but retains a terrific core of crushed plum and blackberry confiture. Has a beautiful ripple of charcoal for texture, honest acidity for balance and a bolt of iron that keeps this firmly grounded. A...

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