FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar

    Perfection always entails a precarious balancing act, and in the wine industry especially, achieving that harmonious state requires patience. Fortunately for oenophiles, the late Jess Jackson possessed this virtue in ample supply. The Kendall-Jackson founder and his wife, Barbara Banke, spent many years acquiring prized mountain and hillside properties throughout California’s most important wine-producing regions; but the couple always believed that the portfolio of vineyard sites they owned in Sonoma had the potential to yield wines unlike anything else in California. When vigneron Pierre Seillan, whose work in Bordeaux the couple had admired, was invited to inspect these parcels, he agreed with their assessment—and joined the couple as an integral contributor to the project that became Vérité.

    From these vineyards’ varied soils, Seillan renders three masterful blends: La Joie, a Medoc-style red wine that emphasizes Cabernet Sauvignon; La Muse, in which Merlot dominates; and Le Désir, a darkly delicious interpretation of Cabernet Franc. These meticulous efforts have garnered remarkably high scores: In the 2007 vintage, each of these beautifully constructed blends received 100-point scores from Robert M. Parker of the Wine Advocate.

    To celebrate the realization of Jackson’s dream of producing Bordeaux-style red wines on a par with France’s legendary estates—and to share that dream with a handful of collectors—Banke and Seillan have created The Gift of Perfection, a limited edition of only 50 individually numbered, hand-built custom wooden cases, each containing seven Vérité wines that received perfect scores from Parker. In addition to this year’s Best of the Best selection for domestic red wines, the 2007 La Joie, this gift box—offered exclusively to the readers of Robb Report on a first-come, first-served basis—includes the 2005 La Joie; the 2001, 2007, and 2008 La Muse; the 2007 and 2008 Le Désir; and a personal invitation to one of only two private events to be held at the estate in 2012. ($4,500 per case) 707.433.9000 (ask for Teresa Mattingly), www.veritewines.com

    The special release contains a blend of Cognacs aged for up to 35 years…
    The 23-year-old scotch won a Best in Show award at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition…
    Photo by Chelsea Curtis
    New York’s Club Macanudo played host to an evening of Martell cognac and Cohiba cigars…
    The full-flavored whiskey takes its character from the distillery’s picturesque natural...
    The Mandarin Oriental New York hosted the exclusive event at its 35th-floor MObar…
    Photo by Antoine Bagot
    The finest Cognacs are deeply flavored, richly textured, and best discovered on their native ground...
    The $3,000 Platinum pass ensures the finest food, drink, and access…
    In honor of the hotel’s 125th anniversary, the ultra-rare scotch comes with a piece of England’s...
    Scott Torrence evaluates, assesses, and drinks some of the greatest vintages in the world...
    The cucumber-infused spirit inspired the giant green airship, which is taking to the skies of major...