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2015 Sauvignon Blanc | 91 Points
November 2016

Lemon meringue, dried mango and pineapple flavors are rich and creamy, with a touch of vanilla bean and toast lingering on the finish alongside a juicy note. Drink now. — M.W.

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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon | 92 Points
August 2016

Aromatically pure and inviting, with floral-scented plum and wild berry notes. The entry is pleasantly supple and mildly gripping, while the flavors offer the kind of complelling depth and persistence one seeks in fine Cabernet. Drink now through 2026. 625 cases made — J.L.

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2014 Cabernet Sauvignon | 92+ Points
January 2016

I tasted three barrel samples of 2014s. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, an identical blend to the 2013 shows soft tannins in a front end-loaded, sexy style of wine with loads of fruit and a medium to full body. It should drink beautifully for the first 10-15 years of life.

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2014 Sauvignon Blanc | 90-92 Points
January 2016

The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from Coup de Foudre is expensive, but it is absolutely delicious. A beautiful Sauvignon with plenty of honeysuckle, caramelized citrus and melons, it is relatively full for a Sauvignon (14.2%), and has gorgeous fruit, texture and length. Drink it over the next year.

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2014 37.2 Cuvee | 90 Points
January 2016

The 2014 Proprietary Red Cuvee 37.2, a slightly different blend at 65% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. This is round, juicy, ripe and should turn out to be impressive. It should drink well for 8-10 years.

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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon | 93 Points
January 2016

Impressive, dense ruby/purple, loads of creme de cassis, licorice and cedar wood. This wine shows well. Its full-bodied and ripe. It can be drunk now or cellared for another 10-15 years.

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2013 Cuvee 37.2 | 94-95 Points
January 2016

Pure seductiveness—dense purple in color, plenty of chocolate, espresso, black cherry and blackcurrant and Asian plum in a full-boided, lush, heady, totally irresistible style. This may be the most successful Proprietary Red Cuvee 37.2 I've ever tasted from Coup de Foudre and it's a big time winner. Drink over the next 7-10 years.

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2013 Le Gauchiste | 94 Points
October 2015

A rich, unctuous wine, the 2013 La Gauchiste offers up a compelling concoction of blueberry jam, spices, mint, licorice, lavender and crème de cassis. The 2013 is unabashedly opulent and forward. It should drink well with minimal cellaring.— Antonio Galloni

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2013 Lightning Bolt | 93 Points
October 2015

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Lightning Bolt is deep, powerful and intense to the core. Dark stone fruit, mint, spices, lavender and white flowers are all nicely delineated throughout. The 2013 does a nice job of balancing opulence and structure.— Antonio Galloni

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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon | 92 Points
October 2015

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon shows all the radiance it had as a barrel sample. Open-knit, supple and generous, the 2012 offers up plenty of sweet cherry, pomegranate, mint and cinnamon nuances, all with the soft contours that make this vintage so appealing to drink today.— Antonio Galloni

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2012 Lightning Bolt | 93 Points
October 2015

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lightning Bolt is round, supple and silky, with good depth and plenty of near term appeal. Crushed flowers, kirsch, tobacco, sweet red berries, plums and cinnamon are front and center in a juicy, voluptuous wine endowed with plenty of near and medium term appeal.— Antonio Galloni

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2012 37.2 Cuvee | Top Score 93 Points
October 2015

Complex and beautifully focused, with floral blackberry and spicy dark chocolate aromas, featuring rich yet densely structured flavors of currant, licorice and black olive. The tannins are big but fleshy. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 to 2023. 350 cases made — T.F.

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The Airlines With the Best Wine Lists
September 21, 2015
“Emirates’ wine list is very focused, well-balanced, and really goes after quality in the bottle versus the marketing factor,” says Alex Berlingeri, the beverage director at New York’s Sant Ambroeus, Casa Lever, Felice, and Regency Bar & Grill. “The 2011 Coup de Foudre Cabernet Sauvignon is a great wine that’s perfect with red meat dishes...
Top pick: 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

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2011 37.2 Cuvee
March 2015

If you like high-end Napa wines, you’re going to be thrilled by the Coup de Foudre—oak-aged, velvety Cabernet at its best. Bordeaux wishes it could do something like this (or not) — MR, Wine Buyer

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2012 37.2 Cuvee | 93 Points

Luscious, rich plum, intense black raspberry and notes of mocha, espresso and spice; racy and lifted with soft, sweet oak and a long finish. 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

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2013 Sauvignon Blanc | 92 Points
December 2014

White flowers, pear, melon and peach all meld together in the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, a wine that brings together expressive, varietal aromatics with lovely texture in its fruit. The 2012 is soft and understated on the palate, but there is plenty going on in the glass.— Antonio Galloni

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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon | 93 Points
December 2014

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is long on class and nuance. Here it is the wine's texture and overall depth that stand out above all else. At the same time, there is more than enough underlying structure to back up the dark, voluptuous fruit. I imagine the 2012 will drink nicely pretty much upon release, as it has plenty of vintage 2012 radiance.— Antonio Galloni

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2012 Pinot Noir | 90+ Points
December 2014

The 2012 Pinot Noir captures the energy of the Sonoma Coast along with the friendly, open personality of the year. Bright red cherries, mint, plums and spices all come to life in an expressive, approachable Pinot to drink now and over the next few years.— Antonio Galloni

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2012 Lightning Bolt | 93 Points
December 2014
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lightning Bolt is Coup de Foudre's top selection. An explosive, powerful wine, the 2012 races out of the glass with supple fruit and plenty of resonance, but in the laid back style that is typical here. Dark red cherry, cedar, leather, smoke and tobacco add nuance over time. The 2012 should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years.— Antonio Galloni

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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon | 93 Points
A great vintage for Coup de Foudre. The wine has structure as well as masses of dark berry fruit with savoury herbs. Well made, complex wine with potential to age for 10-plus years. Ready to drink : 2016+

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2012 37.2 Cuvee | 94 Points
The 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Cuvée 37.2 (85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot) is a gorgeous example of a Merlot-dominated wine. Abundant aromas of chocolate, mocha, espresso roast and black fruits jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine. It cuts a broad, full-bodied swath across the palate with no hard edges. The tannin is melted, and the wine is sexy, full-throttle, and beautifully pure and long. Drink now-2030.

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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon | 92 Points

The deep purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a more linear style with lots of straightforward crème de cassis. It does not reveal the nuances and complexity of its sibling, the Cuvée 37.2, but if you love Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine delivers it in spades. Rich, ripe, medium to full-bodied and pure, it should drink well for 12-15+ years. — Robert Parker

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2013 Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Host Guide Report-Best Wines

Harvested from a mountain vineyard near Calistoga, Calif., in the Napa Valley, this 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc from winemaker Kent Jarman delivers lively panache and elegance in a single stroke. One’s nose tingles with hints of menthol and river-stone minerality, while vibrant citrus fruit—tangelo peel and grapefruit—engulf the palate. Sample this alongside a plate of raw Rome Point oysters with mignonette.

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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon | 93 Points
August 2014

Intense and richly flavored, with a deep, persistent mix of black berry, mocha, black licorice, espresso and cedar flavors. Tightly focused and graceful, this ends with a long, lingering finish that keeps reverberating with lively flavors. Drink now through 2024. 550 cases made.— J.L.

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2011 37.2 Cuvee | 90 Points
July 28, 2014

Sleek and soft, with red currant and coffee bean aromas and layered flavors of cherry, spice and semisweet chocolate. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2019. 350 cases made.— Tim Fish

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2013 Sauvignon Blanc | 90 Points
July 7, 2014

Features snappy acidity to the succulent nectarine, lemon and melon flavors, with lime and grapefruit zest accents. The white floral notes gain momentum on the finish. Drink now. 200 cases made. — M.W.

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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon | 90+ Points
Bright medium ruby. Much fresher on the nose than the 2011 32.7 red blend, offering aromas of black cherry, leather, flowers, cedary oak and pepper. At once sweet and savory, boasting very good tangy intensity to the flavors of bitter cherry, chocolatey oak and black pepper. Finishes with serious, broad tannins and a building oakiness that makes me want to drink this wine on the early side.— Stephen Tanzer

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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon | 92 Points
Lush, dense and concentrated with deep plum and cassis; deep and ripe with a firm structure of juicy acidity; long, complex and balanced.

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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon LB | 93 Points
March 31, 2014

Packed with Rich, dense flavors, this offers strong cedar-scented oak notes, with strong, rich blackberry and dark berry fruit that's raw, intense and tannic-balanced. The woodsy flavors dominate the finish. Best from 2015 to 2026.

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Best Wines of 2013
December 22, 2013

The 2009 Coup de Foudre's several fairly prominent features are tied together seamlessly; you know there is so much on your tongue, but it's whispering through. — Bill St. John

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Cabernet Sauvignon | 98 Points
Coup De Foudre really is a stunning Cabernet, soft and complex, rich in blackberry and chocolate fruit, and irresistibly delicious. Somehow they have made a wine that’s powerful and opulent and impossibly rich, yet maintains and almost weightless elegance. — Steve Heimoff

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2010 37.2 Cuvee | 94 Points
Balances power and finesse, offering aromas of currant and violet that open to rich yet densely packed flavors of blackberry, olive and loam. The tight finish of tannins suggest a long life. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2021. From California. — T.F.

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2009 Cabernet Sauvignon | 94 Points
Dark, dense and ripe with lovely sweet plum, blackberry and cassis; rich and concentrated but neatly balanced by a core of firm acidity; supple and showing notes of toasty oak, chocolate and coffee, long intense and harmonious. — Anthony Dias Blue

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2008 Cabernet Sauvignon | 94 Points
The obsession with all things French continues with the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc). Revealing a similar dark ruby/purple color, it possesses lots of camphor, cassis, black cherry and licorice aromas as well as a full-bodied, impressively endowed, concentrated style with abundant texture. These are both serious wines to drink over the next 10-15 years. — Robert Parker

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2004 Cabernet Sauvignon | 92 Points
Blended with 'select amounts of Syrah,' this skillfully crafted Cabernet delivers deep flavors and impressive richness and concentration but still comes off as suave and very well integrated, thanks to excellent balance between the fruit and the structural elements lent by oak and tannin. — Michael Franz

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2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Coup De Foudre’s remarkable range of textures and flavors work their effect gradually, like courses of an elegant and ample meal. First, luscious, rich, dark berry and chocolate caress the nose, then coat the palate in a silky soft blanket of chocolate and smoke, before the final course—a rich and unique finish of coffee and cream. — Brett Anderson