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99-Point, 2016 Ulysses – From the Dominus Team & Christian Moueix

2016 Ulysses2016 Ulysses is Napa’s next big thing! Many of you scooped up this 99 pointer on pre-arrival. The remainder of that lot has since checked in. 2016 Ulysses is such a GREAT wine! This $155 bottle competes with revered $1,200 wines and has the same mega scores. Just look at the chart below. If you missed 2016 Ulysses on the first offering, here’s another chance to score this epic wine!

Ulysses is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It comes from the Dominus team and Christian Moueix, maker of the iconic Dominus and Petrus. Moueix acquired Ulysses vineyard in 2008 and produced its first vintage in 2012. This property is just south of To Kalon and a bit north of Moueix’s Napanook, producing only 1300 cases in 2016. The winemaker of Ulysses is Tod Mostero who is also the winemaker at Dominus. His impressive resume includes time spent at Petrus, Haut Brion, Domaine Romanee Conti and Almaviva.

This gorgeous, showstopper wine is also from a brilliant vintage for Napa Valley. "2016 is an incredibly beautiful, classic year for Napa Valley, which produced an enormous amount of high-quality wines. The best 2016s shine for their purity of fruit, ripe, polished tannins, and impeccable balance." - Jeb Dunnuck

Wine critic, Robert Parker, has called this wine “A Napa version of a first or second growth Pauillac.”

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Bright, powerful and pulsing with energy, the 2016 possesses stunning textural depth allied to a real sense of drive… 2016 Ulysses simply towers with pedigree and character. I loved it.” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2016 Napa Score Price per Bottle
2016 Ulysses 98+ VM $155
2016 Harlan Estate 98+ VM $1,200+
2016 Scarecrow 98 VM $650+


This 99 pointer is one for the ages and is built to last. Pick up your case today!

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(Submitted Oct 13, 2020)

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2015 Brunello: Brunello’s Best Vintage Ever?

2015 BrunellosBrunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most well-known red wines and is also one of the best values you can find in the world of wine. If you’re looking for a wine that will over-deliver for the price, Brunello is your answer! It comes from central Italy in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino.

2015 is being called the best vintage in history, so this is a vintage you want to keep your eye on.

"...It is tempting to say that 2015 is Brunello di Montalcino's best vintage ever, and it may very well be! It certainly compares to other great years of the appellation including 1997, 2006, 2007, and 2010." - James Suckling

"Ask anyone who farmed Sangiovese that year. They will tell you: Fruit has never been more beautiful than it was in the picture-perfect 2015 vintage." – RPWA

All bottles we’re featuring below come from fantastic winemakers, have high scores and are priced under $50. It's hard to find this level of price to points ratio in any other region! These wines drink great today and will cruise for the next 15+ years. Take advantage of the low prices now!

2015 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino – 95 JS / $39.99 bottle

2015 Barbi Brunello di Montalcino – 96 JS / $49.99 bottle

2015 Poggio Nardone Brunello di Montalcino – 94 JS / $39.99 bottle

2015 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino – 93 DEC / $49.99 bottle

2015 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino – 95 DEC / $49.99 bottle

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(Submitted Oct 2, 2020)

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Value Alert: 95 Point Old Vine Spanish Red for Only $22.95

2018 Bodegas Pnce Bobal P.FIf you’re new to Sokolin, you’ll soon find out that we provide our clients with the world’s most sought-after, rare wines on the planet, as well as inexpensive, everyday gems that offer amazing value. Today, we’re featuring a 95 point Spanish red, 2018 Bodegas Ponce Bobal P.F., priced at only $22.95 that you’re going to love!

Juan Antonio Ponce stands alone as the leader of Manchuela and as the master of the Bobal grape.

Manchuela, a lesser-known Spanish wine region that is inland from Valencia, specializes in the Bobal variety which has thick skins and was originally used for bulk wine.

However, in the hands of a maestro like Ponce, it provides genuinely attractive fruit character of raspberry, black cherry and blueberry to the fore, with a luxuriantly silky mouthfeel and discretely persuasive yet perfectly ripe tannins of licorice, black tea and cocoa powder – as well as a perfect level of acidity to pair with food.

Ponce works biodynamically in the vineyard. The vineyard for the P.F. bottling was planted 95 years ago, and it produces only 750 cases of wine, most of which stays in Spain.

Knowing this is a benchmark example of Bobal from the excellent 2018 vintage, we took the entire remaining allocation for our region. This wine is drinking great today through 2028. We have very limited quantities remaining, so act quickly on this incredible value.

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(Submitted Sep 25, 2020)

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A 99 Point Right Bank Bordeaux for Only $179

2009 Chateau CanonWe’re excited to bring you this mega Right Bank Bordeaux deal – 2009 Chateau Canon – 99 points for only $179.

Chateau Canon is one of the most reputable producers in Saint Emilion. It’s a tiny, historic chateau that was purchased by the Wertheimer/Chanel group who brought it back to its prior glory, and way beyond! 2009 Canon is one of the great St. Emilions, rated 99 points for only $179 bottle (for an 11-year old Bordeaux).

This 99 pointer is also from the incredible 2009 vintage, one of the top vintages to ever come out of Bordeaux. Wine critic Robert Parker said, "2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982, of which it is a modern-day version, but greatly improved." Parker has retired from rating new vintages of Bordeaux, leaving 2009 as one of the best vintages he's ever tasted.

This 2009 is rated higher than Chateau L’Angelus that sells for $400 bottle, at less than 50% less. It’s actually better!

2009 Chateau Canon vs Chateau Angelus Score Price per Bottle
2009 Chateau Canon 99 JD $179
2009 Chateau Angelus 98+ JD $400+


"The 2009 Chateau Canon is brilliant in every regard and certainly one of the finest wines from this estate I've ever tasted." - Jeb Dunnuck

This wine is drinking well and should continue to do so until 2039.

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(Submitted Sep 21, 2020)

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Three Outstanding Chateauneuf du Papes to Buy

2016 Janasse Chateauneuf du PapeIf you’re a Chateauneuf du Pape lover, the 2016 vintage is one you’re going to want to own, if you don’t already. It’s a brilliant vintage – in fact, the best Chateaunuef du Pape vintage since 2007, and it sets the new standard for what is possible in Chateauneuf du Pape. It’s the 1982 Bordeaux moment of the Rhone.

Wine critic Jeb Dunnuck had this to say: "The 2016s are on another level... this is truly an extraordinary vintage… This is the greatest young vintage from the Southern Rhône Valley I’ve ever tasted, both in terms of quality as well as consistency.”

We’re sharing three of our favorites from the vintage that are high-scoring, with prices from $42.99 - $79.99. You’ll want to snatch up these gems before they’re gone for good! Because of the top quality of this vintage, our quantities are quickly dwindling.

2016 Santa Duc Chateauneuf du Pape Habemus Papam: Established in the 1870s, this estate has a long history, now in its sixth generation. It’s considered to be a benchmark Chateauneuf producer that many admire. With a blend made of 64% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 1% Cinsault, this wine offers pedigree galore at a price you’ll be excited about! Priced at only $42.99, with a 95 – 97 RP score, this Chateauneuf offers a lot of bang for the buck. It’s definitely one you don’t want to miss!

2016 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape: Founded in 1976, Janasse flies under the radar, but makes some of the greatest Chateauneuf du Papes on the market. It’s really next level, yet so few people have tried it. Some of its smaller cuvees match anything made on earth. This 95 pointer priced at only $49.95 is a crazy good wine that will leave you wanting to order more!

2016 Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape les Trois Sources: This estate was founded in 1905, and at that time, its entire production was sold to negociants. This gorgeous 98 pointer comes from one of the most talented winemakers around, Jean-Paul Daumen. He believes in old vines, tiny yields and the vineyards are biodynamically farmed. It’s a top performer of the vintage and should drink well until 2038. Pair this with a great steak, and you’ll have a fantastic tasting experience!

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(Submitted Sep 16, 2020)

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A New Arrival Napa Cabernet for Only $19.99!

2016 Owl Ridge Napa Cabernet SauvignonIf you’re new to Sokolin, you’ll soon find out that we provide our clients with the world’s most sought-after, rare wines on the planet, as well as inexpensive gems that still taste like the world’s greatest wines. Enter 2016 Owl Ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, a 93+ point wine for only $19.99. This wine is a carefully sourced blend from three coveted, ultra-premium Napa vineyards – two in Oakville and one in Calistoga.

The nose has hints of the classic dark fruits, American oak, saddle leather and even a touch of vanilla. The color is a striking dark purple and has legs that seem to forever drip down your glass. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ruminating with ripe dark red fruits, Napa dust, dark chocolate and finely charred oak, closing with a 30+ second finish. It hits all the right notes and is quite mind boggling at this price level. BRAVO!

It’s worth noting that 2016 was a terrific vintage for Napa Cabernet, with wine critic Jeb Dunnuck saying, "2016 is an incredibly beautiful, classic year for Napa Valley, which produced an enormous amount of high-quality wines... If you like Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends from Napa Valley, you should buy 2016."

2016 Owl Ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is a fabulous example of how well wines in Napa can be made at this price level. Don’t fear underpaying for a wine that from start to finish is just DELICIOUS! This 93+ pointer is drinking great now and will continue to cruise for the next ten years. Pair with your favorite burger, steak or spaghetti and meatballs.

This is a great buying opportunity if you love Napa Cabernet, so don’t miss out! Perfect to enjoy on a weeknight or to gift.

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(Submitted Sep 14, 2020)

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Five Champagnes Dave Sokolin Loves

Dave Sokolin's Five Champagne Favorites"I serve Champagne instead of white wine with many summer meals. It really pairs well with so many foods like fish, corn, salad and even BBQ chicken. Most people don't take advantage of how complementary and fun these are to serve!” – Dave Sokolin

You'll notice that our focus here is on 2008 Champagne, which is an historic vintage that is still available at opening prices. 2008 has become the most sought-after since the epic 1996 vintage, and the demand has been off the charts! Decanter has called 2008 the “Miracle Vintage” for Champagne, awarding it a perfect 5 out of 5 score. The 2008 vintage also received a 98 point score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

We’ve seen so many Champagne fans clamoring for this vintage! These wines are still low priced, and we have great stock at release prices, but they will trade up and sell out. Collectors will put these away and watch them appreciate, but you can just appreciate them now if you like! These Champagnes drink now and will age for decades.

2008 Laurent Perrier Champagne Brut Millesime – The champagne of Laurent-Perrier is made by Michel Fauconnet, chef de cave of Salon, who took over from his predecessor, Alain Terrier, in early 2004. This Champagne has an amazing score (96 WE) at a low price of only $67.95. It offers so much bang for the buck in a top vintage. Don’t fear underpaying for an incredible bottle of vintage Champagne!

2008 Veuve Clicquot– Founded in 1772 by Philippe Cliquot, the Clicquot house is rich in history. After Philippe’s son, Francois, passed away, Francois’ wife, Madame Clicquot took over the vineyard at just 27 years of age. In 1810, Veuve Clicquot produced its first recorded vintage Champagne. Veuve’s bottles are adorned and distinguished by the well-recognized yellow label, first trademarked in 1877. One of the largest and most reputable Champagne houses, Veuve Clicquot’s bubblies are adored by Champagne lovers all over the globe. 2008 was a brilliant vintage for Champagne, and this 98 pointer at $79.95 is one to own.

2008 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame – We’re in love with this Champagne! “This is the best vintage I’ve tasted of this Champagne, and it’s only $155 / bottle. In its best vintages like 2008, La Grande Dame is one of the great champions of the world and usually beats almost everything.” – Dave Sokolin

2008 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon – Dom Perignon is always a classic! It’s one of the most cherished, sought-after Champagnes in the world. The critics are raving about the 2008 vintage, and the rumors are true. The 2008 vintage may be the best Dom Perignon ever produced! It was rated 98 points by the following four major wine critics – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, John Gilman, A View from the Cellar, Jeb Dunnuck and James Suckling. Don’t pass up this opportunity to own a true legend! We have very limited quantities remaining.

2008 Louis Roederer Cristal – We call this the 300 point Cristal (rated 100 points by three prominent wine critics – Jeb Dunnuck, James Suckling and Wine Enthusiast)! It doesn’t get any better than this. “This is the best vintage since 1979, which sells for $1,000+ / bottle versus $269 for this.” – Dave Sokolin.

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(Submitted Sep 8, 2020)

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A Market Busting Price on Antinori's 98+Point Tenuta di Biserno

2016 Tenuta Biserno Super TuscanThis is an opportunity to grab one of the highest scoring super Tuscans of the classic 2016 vintage created by the two legendary brothers from the Antinori dynasty at a market low price of $129 per bottle!

While Piero Antinori was creating and expanding the Super Tuscan concept at their family’s estates with “global” examples of Tignanello, Solaia and Guado Al Tasso, Lodovico Antinori founded one of the most “classic” Super Tuscan estates with icons Ornellaia and Masseto and dedicated 20 years to making Ornellaia one of the most highly regarded wine estates in the world. In 2002, Lodovico Antinori sold Tenuta dell’Ornellaia to Robert Mondavi Winery in order to devote himself completely to his new project, Tenuta di Biserno, the first joint venture between him and his brother, Piero, outside of their family business. 

Tenuta di Biserno - their eponymous wine Biserno is a thought-provoking wine and reflects the excellent terroir and micro-climate of the coastal area of the Upper Maremma - only the finest grapes are selected for the blend, resulting in a wine of depth, intensity, complexity, longevity and elegance.

To no surprise, their release from the 2016 vintage is the highest scoring to date from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Decanter and Wine Enthusiast. Though it “released” at $150 and already trades up to $223, we are able to offer original wood case six-packs from one of Tuscany’s greatest vintages at the lowest price on the market of $129 / bottle.

For fun, the last time one of Ludivoco’s wines “released” that cheap was the 96 point 2001 Ornellaia back in 2005!

More importantly, check out the chart below, and you’ll see that the 98+ point 2016 Biserno outscores Ornellaia, Redigaffi, Trinoro and Guado Al Tasso’s Matarocchio for ½ to ¼ the price!

Quantities are very low on this gem, so act quickly!

2016 Tuscan Reds Score Price per Bottle
2016 Tenuta Biserno "Biserno" 98+ RP $129
2016 Tua Rita Redigaffi 98 RP $240+
2016 Tenuta di Trinoro 98 RP $270+
2016 Ornellaia 98 RP $200+
2016 Guado Al Tasso 'Matarocchio' 97 RP $570+

 

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(Submitted Sep 1, 2020)

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Three Gorgeous Sauvignon Blancs for Summer

Summer Sauvignon BlancsWe’re soaking up the last weeks of summer with our favorite Sauvignon Blancs! This green-skinned wonder-varietal makes an excellent standalone varietal bottle and is one of the most represented white wine grapes in Bordeaux. Outside of France, you can expect to encounter this varietal in Australia, California, Chile, Italy, New Zealand and Washington.

When the best producers in the world make Sauvignon Blanc, they get mega scores and are so delicious! We’re sharing three 93 - 95 point Sauvignon Blancs from names that you know and love, all from different wine producing regions. They are the best this planet has to offer.

2019 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (New Zealand) – New Zealand has some splendid Sauvignon Blancs to offer to the world, and Cloudy Bay is one of the best. “It might not have been the first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but it was the one that put the style on the map – and its popularity is still as strong as ever, 35 years on.” – Decanter. Cloudy Bay was established in 1985 in Marlborough, and “at the time, it was almost an unimaginable place to set-up a vineyard. But Cloudy Bay’s founder - David Hohnen - was convinced of its potential to produce great wine and invested in the best land of the region.” (Cloudy Bay Winery). This Sauvignon Blanc never fails to be a summer favorite! Cloudy Bay is one of our go-to Sauvignon Blanc producers year after year, and our customers have come to know and love this wine! The 2019 vintage received a 93 point score and delivers beyond its $27.99 price tag. It’s drinking well now – 2023. Pair this beauty with chicken or your favorite seafood dish.

2015 Ornellaia Bianco (Tuscany) – It’s true! Ornellaia makes one of the great Sauvignon Blancs on the planet! While Ornellaia is known for producing world-renowned red wines, it also produces a gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc that you should not overlook. 2013 was the first vintage of this wine to hit the market and was made of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Viognier. Fast forward two years, and the 2015 vintage was made of 100% Sauvignon Blanc. A refreshing opener for the summer, this 95 pointer will knock your socks off and will leave you wanting to order more. Totally satisfying and appealing, the pedigree of this wine is unparalleled!

2018 Les Hauts De Smith Blanc (Bordeaux) – from a 100 point Bordeaux producer, comes this gorgeous, 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte has over 800 years of history one could try and dig through, but one thing is certain even without any investigative work - their wines are absurdly delicious. This 94 pointer offers pedigree galore at a price you’ll be excited about – only $39.99! Serve this delicious wine with grilled or broiled fish, chicken or a pasta with cream sauce. “Every time I pop a bottle of Bordeaux Blanc for friends, it creates a new fan.” – Dave Sokolin

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(Submitted Aug 27, 2020)

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Cult Alert! A 97 Point 2015 “Pauillac-Like” California Cab That Flirts With Perfection

2015 Capture Cabernet Sauvignon RevelationCalling all California Cabernet lovers! This is a deal you don’t want to miss! Today, we’re featuring the 97 point 2015 Capture Cabernet Sauvignon Revelation, a super limited production Cabernet from northern Sonoma county with only 217 cases made.

Owner and winemaker, Denis Malbec, was actually born at Chateau Latour where his family had worked for the famous Pauillac first growth while growing up. Denis honed his skills as the Cellar Master at Chateau Latour from 1994 – 2000.

In 2000, after a visit to California, he decided to make the move to the US permanent. Malbec was the winemaker for Kapcsandy and Blankiet before launching Capture, which sits 3,000 feet above sea level in the Mayacamas mountains. Sadly, Denis Malbec suddenly passed away in 2016, and the property has been recently sold.

Revelation, with its “Pauillac-like” characteristics, is the signature wine of Capture. With only 217 cases produced, we were able to secure the last 60 cases of this highly-rated, 2015 Cabernet that was not part of the sale to the new owners.

Wine critic Jeb Dunnuck gave this wine a 97 point score and wrote the following glowing review: “A blend of the favorite blocks (14 and 18) of the estate vineyard and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Revelation is another wine from Sam Teakle that flirts with perfection. Awesome cassis, graphite, crushed rocks, and Pauillac-like lead pencil notes all flow to a full-bodied, deep, sexy Cabernet Sauvignon that has sweet tannin, no hard edges, and a blockbuster finish. As with the Harmonie cuvée, it’s going to keep for 10-15 years or more." - JD

This is a rare opportunity that we are thrilled to pass on to our clients. Act fast as these cases will fly out the door at a price that is 40% off the release price and a fraction of the price of some of the other big California names below.

2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon Score Price per Bottle
2015 Capture Cabernet Saubignon 'Revelation' 97 JD $79.99
2015 Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon Few and Far Between 97 JD $450+
2015 Blankiet Cabernet Sauvignon Mythicus Paradise Hills 97 JD $300+
2015 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III 97 JD $345+


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(Submitted Aug 25, 2020)

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