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Welcome to the second Barrel Taster private cellar release. We’re excited to feature a wide range of wines from both the old world and across the US a for our first shipment. We’ve spend the past few months debating on the wines to include in these flights and believe that the choices we’ve made truly represent the best of the best. We only have 1-2 bottles of several of these wines, so please be sure to reserve your selection as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out. If we do run out of stock, we have several alternatives available and will notify you of the change.

15 Wines included:

2017 Sloan Proprietary Red - Bottle Price: $749

Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

The estate’s flagship wine since its inaugural 2000 vintage, Sloan Proprietary Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Layered with remarkable complexity and intensity of flavors and aromas, Sloan exhibits a gorgeous tension between elements of grace and power, balance and opulence, as well as age and vibrancy. It is a precise wine with defined structure and immense aging potential and at the same time, a seductive wine of exceptional fruit finesse, minerality, and multilayered mouthfeel. Crafted with meticulous care from vine to bottle and exacting standards for achieving the highest quality, this uninhibitedly rich and extraordinarily pure wine is a beautiful, raw expression of the winery’s terroir – a reflection of the soils, climate, and its place of origin.

96 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Proprietary Red sails out of the glass with open-knit, compelling scents of Black Forest cake, blackberry pie and black currant jelly with suggestions of Indian spices, garrigue, rose oil and sandalwood. The full-bodied palate is richly fruited and jam-packed with opulent black fruit preserves and exotic spice layers, framed by a wicked backbone of freshness and plush, well-managed tannins, finishing with impressive length and perfume.
2018 Lithology Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - Bottle Price: $349

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

The expectations from the To-Kalon Vineyard are high, and this wine delivers on that, especially given that the wines from here tend to be very powerful, and seemingly weightless too. A remarkable balance is struck – there’s crème de cassis, some red, but mostly blackberries, spicebox, cigar box, forest floor and earthiness, and a luxurious mouthfeel. Aged with slightly more oak than the others given its density, the To-Kalon is able to absorb it easily, and the final structure is capable of aging effortlessly for decades.

  • 100 Jeb Dunnuck
    Pure perfection, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lithology Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a nuclear fruit bomb of a wine, offering massive richness and depth while being as graceful as a ballerina, with no sensation of weight or heaviness. Classic To Kalon crème de cassis, black raspberries, flowery incense, spice, and tobacco notes all define the bouquet, and it’s full-bodied, with a layered, multi-dimensional texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish. It has another 2-3 decades of prime drinking ahead of it. This cuvée is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from four blocks in To Kalon, aged 20 months in 82% new French oak.
  • 98 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
    With an opaque purple-black color, the 2018 Lithology Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard strides confidently out of the glass with classic notions of cassis, baked plums and cedar chest, plus suggestions of dusty soil, bouquet garni, cinnamon stick and dried lavender. The full-bodied-palate is laden with hedonic black fruit preserves and fragrant spices, framed by plush, well-managed tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
  • 98 James Suckling
    This is really fantastic with a terra-cotta and cement texture and flavor, as well as violets and other flowers. Full and very refined with great length. Hints of salinity. Better in a two or three years, but gorgeous even now.


2020 Jarvis Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay - Bottle Price: $199

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

Named after the native finches that love feasting on Jarvis’ Chardonnay grapes, the ‘Finch Hollow’ vineyard is now protected with bird netting during each growing season. Founding winemaker Dimitri Tchelistcheff originally noted that the Finch Hollow vineyard’s unique terroir produced elegant, voluptuous wine.

93 Wine Enthusiast

This wine offers a distinctive deep-gold color and spicy, toasted-oak aromas. These lead to bold, broad flavors of roasted apples and pears, grilled baguette slices and toasted almonds in this full-bodied, unabashedly oaky wine.


2018 Jarvis Cabernet Franc - Bottle Price: $199

Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California

This 2018 Cabernet Franc is a 100% varietal wine that showcases a dark-garnet hue, with multi-dimensional aromatics of violet, currant, and dark chocolate. The chocolate flavor continues on the palate, where it is joined by notes of dark cherry and dried herbs. Thee 2018 vintage is full-bodied, with delightful, structured tannins and a savory character that makes it ideal for food pairing.

91 Wine Enthusiast

With 5% Merlot, this estate-grown, cave-fermented red opens with black olive, truffle and woody, dried herb. Sage, tobacco and cedar linger next along a full-bodied, firmly concentrated and grippy palate of great intensity and blackberry fruit.
2017 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - Bottle Price: $99

Sonoma, Russian River Valley, CA, Pinot Noir

  • 94 points Wine Enthusiast

     This is such an impressive appellation-wide blend, combining several vineyard sites into a cohesive whole. Incredibly aromatic in rose and raspberry, the palate brings velvety layers of dark cherry and cinnamon, with integrated acidity keeping the balance. (VB) 

    92 points Jeb Dunnuck

    In the same thread, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley shows classic Russian River fruit (although not much cola) as well as plenty of spice, underbrush, and floral notes. Giving up plenty of wild strawberry and Bing cherry fruit, medium to full body, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. it has plenty of upfront charm, yet I suspect capable of lasting for 8-10 years. 

    91 points Wine Advocate

    The 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is pale to medium ruby-purple with scents of lilac and dried violet with warm blueberry, black cherry, dusty earth, Earl Grey tea leaves and warm baking spice. It’s light to medium-bodied with wonderful ripe, perfumed fruits in the mouth, lifted by soft, grainy tannins and mouthwatering acidity, finishing spicy. (EB) 91+ 

2014 Williams Selyem "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - Bottle Price: $99

Sonoma Coast, CA, Pinot Noir

  • 96 points Connoisseurs Guide
    Winning highest honors among the splendid new lot of Williams Selyem Pinots for its vibrancy and textbook varietal precision, the winery’s best-ever offering from the Hirsch Vineyard marries classic, very pure, ripe cherry fruit with a deft touch of sweet oak and wispy hints of dried flowers. Although bright and balanced to firmness, it exhibits a little more fruity richness than other vintners manage to coax from this very cool site, and the wine’s firm spry spine is always an integral piece. It is a Pinot Noir that is guaranteed to grow with age even if there is nothing about it that dissuades drinking now, and we would not be surprised in the least if it continues to improve even as its tenth birthday nears. *Three Stars*

    94 points Vinous
    The 2014 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is arguably the most reticent wine in this range. Still raw and not fully formed, the Hirsch only hints at its ultimate potential. The sensual aromatics typical of this site only emerge with quite a bit of time in the glass, but more generally, the elements need time to come together. Today, the Hirsch is a bit compact and folded in on itself, while the oak is prominent. Still, the wine’s persistence and silky tannins bode well for the future. There is certainly plenty to look forward to. (AG) 94+ Inner quote mark (8/2016)

    93 points Wine Enthusiast
    Forest, mint and campfire scents are complemented by brambly black cherry in this explosively complex wine. Soft and subtle, it has juicy layers of cranberry, orange and maraschino, with a roundness and firmness to the strong tannin. The finish is all about coffee, cardamom and five spice. (VB)

    92 points Burghound
    There is a background hint of reduction that is just enough to shave the top notes from the otherwise well-layered red and dark pinot fruit aromas that are liberally laced with both spice and floral nuances; if you’re going to try a bottle upon release, I would advise allowing this 30 minutes or so in a decanter. There is excellent volume and in particular mid-palate concentration to the rich and velvet-textured flavors that coat the palate with dry extract that also serves to buffer the moderately firm tannic spine shaping the impressively long if mildly austere finale where a hint of asperity appears. Like several of the wines in the range this built-to-age effort needs to develop more depth but everything appears to be in place such that this eventuality will likely occur. *Outstanding*

2020 Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon - Bottle Price: $169

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Dark fruit notes of blueberry and plum on the nose with hints of dried oregano. On the palate, this Cabernet segues from dark fruit notes to savory undertones, while showing off a silky texture. Full-bodied and dense in structure, the wine’s long finish is driven by firm tannins plus hints of cocoa and vanilla.

2021 Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel - Bottle Price: $159

Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California

The distinctive aromatic profile of blackberry and brambles permeates the nose and is leavened with a red currant undertone. Purple flowers add a wonderful highlight to the complex aromatics. Zesty and refreshing on the palate, the Papera Vineyard Zinfandel showcases black fruit flavors along with citrus peel and a finish of cocoa nibs.

94 James Suckling

Boysenberry, black berry and ink aromas. Blue fruits. Graphite. Blood and iron. Full-bodied yet tight and chewy with muscular tannins, yet there is class and pureness here. 7% carignan in the vineyard.

2018 AXR Flagship Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - Bottle Price: $249

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

The Flagship Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon by AXR is a Napa Valley icon wine, made with intention and showing a direct reflection of the prestigious vineyards it comes from – Sleeping Lady, Artalade, Denali and their estate V Madrone vineyards. Shiny, in color with dark black cherry with touches of currant and velvet. Beautiful nose of cedar, thyme, nutmeg and cassis with dark cherry, licorice and plum. Dense but fresh entrance evolving on freshly picked red cherry, red currant and macerated strawberry, lingering on granular tannins and spices.

  • 96 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
    A barrel selection, “flagship” cuvee, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Flagship is deep garnet-purple colored. It bursts from the glass with opulent notes of baked blackberries, warm black cherries and cassis with nuances of chocolate box, redcurrant jelly, roses and cedar chest. The full-bodied palate is jam-packed with black fruit and floral layers, framed by beautifully ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant.
  • 95 Wine Enthusiast
    A soft, supple texture gives in to velvety tannins in this robustly built, complex and intensely powerful wine. Clove, black currant and black pepper dot a midpalate of viscous opulence and generous fruit, accented in tobacco and salty oak.
2021 Rivers-Marie Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - Bottle Price: $169

Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

Rivers-Marie’s small five acre piece of this northern St Helena vineyard is really where their Cabernet program found its launching point. This old creek bed site features a wild spectrum of red, blue and black fruits veering from generously fruited in more giving years to brooding and deep in the small berry, drier vintages.

  • 96 Jeb Dunnuck
    Coming from a valley floor site that’s starting to get some vine age, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard is a full-bodied, rich, savory beauty with lots of darker berry and cassis fruits, some iron, tobacco, and chocolaty notes, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It shows the structure and density of this vintage and, I suspect, will warrant some bottle age to show its full potential.
  • 96 Vinous
    The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard is dense, plush and explosive. It shows all the Panek signatures, beautifully amplified. Readers will find a sumptuous, racy St. Helena Cabernet that hits all the right notes. Ripe red/purplish fruit, rose petal, lavender and spice build into the creamy, expansive finish. What a wine.
2021 Staglin Chardonnay - Bottle Price: $195

Chardonnay from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

A portrait of dynamic balance and tension, the powerful, polished and precise 2021 Staglin Chardonnay is at once both concentrated and lithe. The gorgeous flaxen hue hints at the yellow citrus and pome fruits to come. At first flinty then floral, the opening notes of struck rock give way to delicate spring flowers and fragrant blossoming citrus furthered by fresh honeycomb spiced with nutmeg. A palate of lemon chiffon and Jonagold apple granita float over a rollick of liquified minerals and crystalline acid framed by an echo of oak. While nearly breathtaking now, this wine seems to whisper it is merely a hint of what’s to come given some time in the bottle. 

94 Vinous

The 2021 Chardonnay Estate is gorgeous. Once again, the Staglin Chardonnay is such a distinctive wine. There’s real textural breadth and intensity here. In this vintage, the Chardonnay is quite phenolic in feel, likely the result of yields that were down an astonishing 54%. I would prefer to cellar the 2021 for at least a year or two, as it is a very big wine. Tangerine oil, lemon confit, white flowers and a kiss of oak build into the imposing finish.
2017 Morlet Mon Chevalier Cabernet Sauvignon - Bottle Price: $229

Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California

Dark red with a hue of purple. Intense and complex bouquet of red, black and blue berries intermixed with notes of blueberries, minerals (graphite, wet river rocks) licorice, fresh blond tobacco and a hint of lavender. Full bodied, the palate is reminiscent of the nose, with a richly tannic yet round frame and a great intensity. The hillside tannins and the classical aromatic complexity create a harmonious ensemble, leading to a very long and elegant finish. Built to age for decades, this collectible wine opens up after a few years of cellaring and is particularly representative of this special vineyard from the hillside of Knights Valley. Mon Chevalier features the interaction of the loamy, well drained and rocky volcanic soil, the typical sunny mountain climate and the low-interventionistic Morlet winemaking approach.
  • 95 Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Mon Chevalier comes from Knights Valley and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in puncheons. It’s another beautiful, Bordeaux-like wine from Morlet that has lots of cassis and red plum fruits as well as cedarwood, graphite, crushed rocks, and violet aromas and flavor. Young and relatively unevolved, it has juicy acidity, plenty of mid-palate depth, sweet fruit, and a beautiful finish. Give bottles a good 3-4 years and it should keep for 20-25 years in cold cellars.
  • 92 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
    Coming from an estate-owned vineyard in the Knights Valley, mainly planted to clone 4, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Mon Chevalier (composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc) has a very deep purple-black color. It features fragrant notes of crushed red and black currants, blackberry preserves and dried bay leaves with touches of tilled black soil, tree bark and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, there are plenty of juicy black berry flavors on the palate with a firm, grainy texture, finishing with a lingering herbal lift.
2019 Verite La Joie - Bottle Price: $439

Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California

Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

2019 La Joie shows a rich core of black-violet concentration, ringed with a very thin, youthful looking violet rim. The fruit aromatics are fresh and vibrant, with black currant & black plum compote, joined by elements of fresh cut greenery, subtle pine resin, iodine, and roasted baking spices. The palate illustrates the power and suppleness of the 2019 vintage, lending a purity and sweetness to each of the flavors described. The texture is balanced by tannins evocative of dark baking cocoa and robust acidity, both of which lead to a long, persistent finish.

  • 99 Jeb Dunnuck

    Composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and the remainder of Petit Verdot, the 2019 La Joie is compact and unfolds more slowly in the glass. The nose is rich with graphite, sage oil, and black plum. The palate is full of kirsch, fresh leather, currant, and tobacco, with fine tannins that go for ages, along with the fruit and well-balanced acidity.

  • 98 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

    The 2019 La Joie is striking on the nose with its pure, alluring scents of violet and iron. As it spends time in the glass, it gains intensity, blossoming to aromas of crème de cassis, mint chocolate, licorice, truffle and softening new French oak spices. The palate is bursting with concentrated flavors characterized by energetic acidity rather than weight or extraction. It features tremendously velvety tannins and a very long finish with ringing graphite and violet tones.

2019 Revana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - Bottle Price: $219

Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

Expressive dark fruits, dried blueberry, dark chocolate and vanilla. Velvety raspberry, blackberry, mouthwatering mid palate with hints of warm baking spices, soft tannins and a lush finish.

  • 95 Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Revana Estate Vineyard is more pure and focused, with impressive cassis and assorted darker fruits as well as notions of chocolate, crushed rock, and lead pencil. This full-bodied, nicely balanced 2019 has ripe tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It’s drinking nicely today yet certainly has another 15+ of prime drinking.
  • 93 Wine Spectator

    Juicy and nicely defined, with forward flavors of cassis, cherry paste and plum preserves backed by red licorice and iron notes. Fruit-driven, but with good tension and energy through the lengthy finish.

2019 Patrimony Caves des Lions - Bottle Price: $309

Bordeaux Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California

Blend: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Cabernet Franc

A marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, one cannot but be taken by the uber-dark color of this wine. Yet when the first sip is taken, an unexpected profile emerges from the glass with elegance and freshness accompanied by a wealth of minerality. The nose explodes with aromas of cassis, cured meats, coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, and spice. Full-bodied, this flawlessly balanced wine will keep you thinking for a long time while the finish does not stop. 

  • 99 Tasting Panel

    This truly world-class blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Cab Franc continues to impress. It possesses an in- comparable mouthfeel, setting a benchmark for the region. Its sultry, round, violet- and cocoa-kissed tannins engage with a plum-pudding effect. The body weight is perceptible, engaging with a gliding wash of kirsch and black pepper to make for a silky, textural dream.

  • 99 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

    The 2019 Caves des Lions is a blend of free-run Cabernet Sauvignon (52%) and Cabernet Franc (48%) matured for 22 months in 100% new French oak and bottled in December of 2021. Opaque ruby in color, it has layered aromas of blackcurrant, lilac, graphite, fried savory herbs and game meats. The full-bodied palate is powerful yet balanced, its restrained, mineral-laced fruit complemented by mouthwatering acidity, and it boasts a long, graceful finish. Harmonious and latent, it will demand plenty of patience as it unwinds in bottle—the Patrimony wines tend to age at a glacial pace.

  • 98 Jeb Dunnuck
    More cassis, crushed stone, graphite, and chocolate emerge from the 2019 Caves Des Lions, and it’s beautifully textured, with full-bodied richness, building yet ripe, polished tannins, a gorgeous mid-palate, and one heck of a great finish. For all its richness and depth, it stays lively, fresh, and weightless, and it’s a beautiful wine.

  • 97 James Suckling

    Deep and fragrant nose with a lift of currant leaf freshness to the cassis, nori, Spanish chocolate, roasted jalapeño pepper, sumptuous blackberries and some cigar box. Full-bodied and compact on the palate with firm but ultra-fine tannins here that are powerful but not grippy. Long and juicy. 52% cabernet sauvignon and 48% cabernet franc.

  • 97 Decanter
    Pronounced aromatic intensity on a nose of dark fruits including blackberries, plus sweet wood, cigar box and toast. An almost impossible delicacy to this wine which was birthed from two powerful grapes and showcases the expert handling in the winery. Notes of coffee bean and dark chocolate round out the finish. Exceptionally well-rounded and showing all the structural elements for quality that one would expect from a wine at this level.
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