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Kalaris Cabernet Sauvignon

2013

James Suckling (Dec 2016) - 93 points – A desne and liner red with blackcurrant, berry and cherry character.  Hints of walnuts and dried herbs.  Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish.  Better in 2019. (Kalaris Cabernet Sauvignon 2013)

Sommelier Challenge - International Wine & Spirits Competion - Robert Whitley (Sept 2016) - Silver (Kalaris Cabernet Sauvignon 2013)

Wine Advocate Robert Parker (Dec 2015) – 90 points - Better, richer, and more expansive and intense than the 2012, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a hillside in St. Helena as well as from Atlas Peak. Offering greater complexity and fragrance than the 2012, this wine is an intense red/purple color and possesses loads of blackcurrant, licorice, cedar wood, and underbrush in its aromatics. It is medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannin and a nice, plush, long finish. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (Kalaris Cabernet Sauvignon 2013)

2012

James Suckling (Dec 2016) - 92 points – A fruity and delicious red with plum and blackcurrant character.  Medium to full body, medium, velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold. (Kalaris Cabernet Sauvignon 2012)

Critics Challenge International Wine Competition (June 2015) – Silver (Kalaris Cabernet Sauvignon 2012)

Beverage Testing Institute (Oct 2014) - 91 points – Gold Medal – “Opaque color. Bright aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard, toffee, and sweet baking spices with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of cedar, nutskin, and vanilla cream with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A supple, tasty, nicely balanced spicy Napa cabernet with very good depth and structure for the table.” (Kalaris Cabernet Sauvignon 2012)


Kalaris Chardonnay

2014

Sommelier Challenge- International Wine & Spirits Competition-Robert Whitley (Sept 2016) – Silver (Kalaris Chardonnay 2014)

2012

Beverage Testing Institute (Oct 2014) 92 points – Gold Medal – “Golden straw color. Lively interesting aromas and flavors of cornichon, grilled pineapple, and roasted nut brittle with a supple, crisp, under-carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with impressions of spiced apple and honeyed lemon with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, stylish chardonnay with distinctive aromatics and fine tuned balance.” (Kalaris Chardonnay 2012)

Critics Challenge International Wine Competition (June 2015) – 90 points, Gold (Kalaris Chardonnay 2012)

2011

Beverage Testing Institute  - 91 points – Gold Medal – “Exceptional”   “Toasted oak, stone fruit and green apple notes encapsulate the lovely bouquet.  Later got a nice hint of butter cream and kiwi.  Rich entry, supple flavors with an upturned finish. Very elegant and Burgundian in style.” (Kalaris Chardonnay 2011)

Wine Enthusiast (March 2013) -  “This boasts citrus fruit, lemongrass and buttercream flavors that are brightened by zesty acidity. It’s clean and complex, and it’s a fine wine to drink with shellfish in rich buttery sauces.” (Kalaris Chardonnay 2011)


Kalaris Merlot

2014

Sommelier Challenge- International Wine & Spirits Competition-Robert Whitley (Sept 2016) – Silver (Kalaris Merlot 2014)

2013

Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition (September 2015)WINE OF THE YEAR – Best of Show (Red)97 points - Platinum (Kalaris Merlot 2013) - A panel of advanced and master sommeliers at the 7th annual Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition loved this Napa Valley Merlot, and it's easy to see why. With firm structure and richly layers red and black fruits, it could easily pass for a Right Bank Bordeaux. Aromas of plum, blueberry and blackberry dominate this wine that exhibits impressive dimension and weight. The wood note hangs judiciously in the background, lending hints of vanilla and spice. I wouldn't hesitate to lay it down for a decade or longer. 97 Robert Whitley Sep 15, 2015) (Kalaris Merlot 2013)


Kalaris Pinot Noir

2013

Beverage Testing Institute (Dec 2016) – Silver – “Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, dried herbs and menthol, dried leaves and tree bark, and loess with a tart, dry full body and a medium-length finish with earthy, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A very good example.” (Kalaris Pinot Noir 2013)

2012

Sommelier Challenge- International Wine & Spirits Competition-Robert Whitley (Sept 2016) – Silver (Kalaris Pinot Noir 2012)

2011

Wine & Spirits (Feb 2015) – 94 points – “Constantine “Gus” Kalaris, longtime proprietor of the East Coast distributor-importer Constantine Wines, started his Napa-based Axios label in 1999 and launched Kalaris in 2009.  Bob Egelhoff made this wine, working with a leased vineyard in the Petaluma Gap to turn out a subtle, gracious pinot noir with appetite-inducing scents of rose petal and mushroom.  Underneath its savory layers, the tannins show through with a texture that’s as cool and fine as damp sandstone, coastal acidity giving it a bright persistence. Serve it now or in a few years at an autumn feast graced by game birds and plenty of wild mushrooms.” (Kalaris Pinot Noir 2011)

Beverage Testing Institute (Oct 2014) 90 points – Gold Medal – “Dark ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of baked cherries, banana nut muffin, and delicate pickling spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of chestnut, minerals, cashew butter, and rhubarb with silky tannins and light oak. An elegant and polished pinot for the table.” (Kalaris Pinot Noir 2011)

Critics Challenge International Wine Competition (June 2015) 93 points, Gold (Kalaris Pinot Noir 2011)

2010

Wine Enthusiast (March 2013) - 90 points – Cellar Selection - “Tannic, dry and acidic now, this doesn’t offer much of the immediate opulence found in many California Pinot Noirs. The richness is in there, but it’s buried. The sweet core of cherries, currants, exotic spices, mushrooms and minerals is just waiting for time to release it.” (Kalaris Pinot Noir 2010)

2009

Wine Advocate (Dec 2012) - 90 points -  “The 2009 Pinot Noir shows the pure pedigree and class of this great Pinot vintage.  Round, vinous and inviting, the 2009 wraps around the palate with juicy dark berries, licorice, mint and sweet spices.  Radiant and expressive, the 2009 stands out for its terrific balance and overall sense of harmony.  A rich, creamy finish rounds things out in style." Antonio Galloni (Kalaris Pinot Noir 2009)


Kalaris Sauvignon Blanc

2013

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (Dec 2014)91 points -  “Bright, energetic and still fairly nervy with deep and defined fruit leading the way, this vibrant, generously filled youngster displays fine varietal range and hits all of the right marks from melons and citrus to fresh grass and green tea. It is substantial stuff, to be sure, but it is exceptionally well-balanced as well, and, if its enthusiastic endorsement comes with the slight caveat that it be allowed to briefly rest in the cellar, it is a Sauvignon Blanc on track to age famously.” (Kalaris Sauvignon Blanc 2013)

Critics Challenge International Wine Competition (June 2015)91 points – Gold (Kalaris Sauvignon Blanc 2013)