Wine Cellars of Annapolis

95 POINTS & Above!!!

November 19, 2019

 World Class, Artisan, Collectible

With 95+ ratings from James Suckling, Wine Advocate & Vinous, don't miss these incredible finds perfect for holiday gift giving and entertaining or simply indulge yourself!



2016 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir “Bien Nacido Vineyard”
Santa Maria Valley, California
96 pts Vinous – “From this legendary vineyard in Central California’s Santa Maria Valley comes one of Jim Clendenen’s most lauded Pinot Noirs. This wine is outrageously beautiful. Sweet dark cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and blood orange all run through this racy, captivating Pinot. Vibrant and nuanced, with striking exoticism, the 2016 comes alive in the glass with tons of vibrancy and a level of purity that is hard to fully do justice to with words.”
Regular Price: $49.99, Sale Price $39.99 per bottle

2017 Château Thivin Côtes-de-Brouilly “Cuvée Zaccharie”
Beaujolais, France
96 points James Suckling – “Stunning, concentrated black cherries and plenty of the characteristic acidity of the vintage, both seamlessly interwoven with the gentle tannins and the minerality through the very long, super clean finish. Exemplary use of oak. Almost endless finish. Drink or hold.”
Regular Price: $59.99, Sale Price: $46.99 per bottle

2013 Livio Sassetti “Pertimali” Brunello di Montalcino
Tuscany, Italy
98 Points James Suckling - “This is intense and complex yet subtle with fantastic aromas of rose petal, plum, clove and fresh mushroom. Hints of stems. Full body, focused and polished with a linear line of tannins and fabulous length. A beauty…Already a joy to taste.”
Regular Price: $129.99, Sale Price: $74.99 per bottle

2011 Bodegas Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea 
Rioja, Spain
99 points James Suckling – “The most structured Prado Enea ever. A reduced center palate that is so compact with dark fruit, dark mushrooms and cedary spice. Full body. Wonderfully polished tannins and a long, long finish. Electric acidity. Muscular and well-toned. ThiS is a new classic that reminds me of great Spanish wines from the 1940s and 1950s. Better after 2021, but already so impressive.”
Regular Price: $99.99, Sale Price $79.99 per bottle

2015 Collemassari “Grattamacco” Bolgheri Superiore
Tuscany, Italy
97 points Wine Advocate - “The 2015 Bolgheri Superiore Grattamacco is big, bold and absolutely stunning. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese is dark and luscious, with overlapping melodies of tobacco, spice, dark fruit and grilled herb. There is so much depth and power. This vintage is a gem for your cellar, and the wine should award a long aging trajectory for those who have the patience to wait.”
Regular Price: $169.99, Sale Price: $139.99 per bottle

2006 Billecart-Salmon “Cuvee Nicolas Francois” Brut
Champagne, France
97 points Wine Advocate – “Created in 1964 as a tribute to the house’s founder, the youngest release is the 2006 Millésime Brut Cuvée Nicolas François, a blend of 60% Pinot Noir from premier and grand crus and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. Aged for 11 years on the lees, this is a beautifully ripe and rich yet pure champagne with ripe fruit flavors intermixed with chalky notes and brioche/nougat flavors. The palate is intense and concentrated in its rich fruit and substantial depth but also tight, highly elegant and perfectly balanced. The typical finesse of Billecart-Salmon is palatable as well as amazingly pure, with the persistent structure of a great Champagne.”
Regular Price: $229.99, Sale Price: $139.99 per bottle

2016 Joseph Phelps “Insignia” 
Napa Valley, California
99 points Wine Advocate – “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, needing a fair bit of coaxing to reveal beautifully beguiling notions of wild blueberries, warm blackberries, black currant cordial, cloves and cedar chest with nuances of camphor, yeast extract, charcuterie and candied violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has fantastic elegance and depth, revealing loads of subtle floral, black fruit and earthy layers with a firm, very finely grained texture and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length.”
Regular Price: $329.99, Sale Price: $279.99 per bottle


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