Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Fetish The Watcher Shiraz 2008
Fetish The Watcher Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 105204)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#61 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

The Watcher. It is an image steeped in legend and mystery. It implies transcendence and authority. The Watcher is a being of knowledge, of understanding, of concern, of influence.

At Fetish Wines, we value this level of attention to every step of the winemaking process, from the soil to the bottle. We do not want to manipulate wine, but to craft it by the subtle direction that can only be achieved through an intimate relationship with the land.

For this wine, Rolf Binder is The Watcher

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About Fetish:

Fetish Wine was introduced with the release of the 2004 vintage "The Watcher," a Barossa Valley Shiraz made by Rolf Binder at his acclaimed Veritas Winery. The brand combined high-quality wine, a prestigious appellation and a celebrity winemaker all wrapped up in cutting edge packaging.

Shortly after this initial release a new project came together, this time partnering with Wayne Dutschke to produce the "Field of Dreams" Barossa Moscato. This wine brought a new, and very different, facet of Australian winemaking into the Fetish portfolio. The distinctive blue bottle and colorful label contributed to the Fetish Wines theme of being consistently different.

2007 saw the second release of "The Watcher" Shiraz, which received an even greater reception in the USA marketplace than its initial release, and the introduction of "Playmates." An additional wine made for Fetish by Rolf Binder, "Playmates" is a Barossa Valley blend of Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro with eye-catching black-and-white artwork. The second release of "Field of Dreams" Moscato will be available before the end of the year.



Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Chateauneuf-du-Pape    France - Rhone   
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Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007
Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007
(search item no. 104809)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep crimson. Ripe dark berries, turning to spices. Smooth and persistent with aromatic fullness.
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About Domaine du Vieux Lazaret:

The vineyards of Domaine du Vieux Lazaret are spread over 90 hectares, split into 35 different parcels of vines throughout Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is today amongst the largest domains in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with 80 hectares planted in red grape varieties and 10 planted with white grapes. The number of parcels enables the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret to give greater complexity to its wines due to the diversity of soils, grape types and differing ages of vines.

Harvesting of the grapes is done entirely by hand, with very strict selection of the best grapes to enhance the quality of the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret wine. This limits the maximum production, under the A.O.C laws, to 35 hectoliters per hectare.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Tenuta Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2007
Tenuta Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2007
(search item no. 110454)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is ruby red. The bouquet is rich and complex, with plum and blackberry aromas, mineral and tobacco notes. The flavor is full-bodied, elegant, great balance and lingering finish.
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About Tenuta Trerose:

Tenuta Trerose is one of Tenimenti Angelini's family-owned triad of estates in Tuscany. Trerose is located in a 16th century villa at the top of a hill surrounded by vineyards. Situated in the heart of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano area, Trerose is 420 acres in size, of which 136 are planted to grapes for the production of Vino Nobile, the rest are planted to other varietals.


Red Wines    Bordeaux Red Blends    South Africa    South Africa   
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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008
(search item no. 109773)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.
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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.


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Cimicky Trumps Shiraz 2008
Cimicky Trumps Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 102441)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2008 in the Barossa will be remembered as a difficult year due to a heat spike during vintage. Daily monitoring of fruit quality and flavor development was extremely important. Smart canopy management resulted in good, albeit extremely limited, quality.

It was once the tradition of a small group of Barossa pioneers to retreat to the cool stone depths of an old vineyard cottage. Here they would while away many hours playing cards and drinking wine away from the critical eyes of puritanical souls. The cottage still stands among the vines that produce this wine, a flavorful, aromatic drink that always 'comes up trumps!'

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About Cimicky:

Czech immigrant Karl Cimicky founded Karlsburg Winery in 1973. In the early 90’s Karl's son Charles began to take a keen interest in winemaking and the ‘good’ wines started turning into awesome wines. In addition to top of the line fermenters and barrels, Cimicky also has an estate bottling line, something of a rarity in Australia, allowing him to personally control all facets of production. Charles Cimicky produces rich, voluptuous, generous wines with superb balance. Apart from minor drip irrigation in January and February, the vines are dry grown, cover-cropped and organically fertilized. Now in his late forties Charles Cimicky is one of the most quality-driven, meticulous winemakers in South Australia.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Russian River    California   
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Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2009
Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 106285)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Supple in texture, with rose petal, earth and red fruit aromas, this lively, medium bodied wine is aged in 100% French oak, which adds a subtle, toasty vanilla character.
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About Rodney Strong Vineyards:

Founded by wine industry pioneer, Rod Strong, in 1959, Rodney Strong Vineyards is now owned by the Kleins, a farming-based family that prides itself on land stewardship and a relentless push for superior wine quality from Sonoma County. After purchasing the company in 1989, Tom Klein began the endeavor that today brings together excellent vineyards, the industry's finest winemaking equipment, and exceptional talent. The winery farms and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, focusing on Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Rodney Strong Vineyards is best known for its estate-bottled and vinyeard-designated wines, and is also recognized for their sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming, dedication to solar energy production and coming carbon neutral in 2009.


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Tikal Patriota 2009
Tikal Patriota 2009
(search item no. 107832)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep reddish purple with aromas of bright berry/cherry fruit. Like swallowing a whole bowl of mixed ripe berries at once. Big body yet very balanced, with luscious layers of raspberry, cherry, and cocoa flavors. Just a hint of baking spice at the end brings it all together.

Pairs well with grilled meats such as beef and pork, smoked ham, and even pizza with meat toppings. Incredibly fun to drink!

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About Tikal:

Tikal is owned by Ernesto Catena and is named after his son. Ernesto spent his childhood in the vineyards of Mendoza among wine-growers and local pundits. Since then, he has experienced a kaleidoscope of cultures, living in New York, Buenos Aires, Berkeley, Cambridge (MA), Milan and London. But his heart remains in his homeland of Argentina (where he now lives), with its natural beauty of mountains, streams and vineyards, its wines, and its people who hold a special passion for living.

There are few wine brands that reflect the sensibilities of their owner more than Tikal. A skilled horseman, fashion designer, software developer, and book editor, Ernesto pursues all that gives pleasure in life. This hedonism (in the best sense of the word) shows through in the wines. It is a style meant to provide enormous pleasure rather than provoke contemplation; an expression of emotion rather than intellect. He has named his wines with passion in mind: Patriota (Patriot), Corazon (Heart), Amorio (Love Affair), Jubilo (Rejoice).

Luis Reginato is the winemaker at Tikal as of the 2002 vintage. Luis is young, but is already a highly trained and respected vineyard consultant and winemaker with long experience at his family's winery in Mendoza. Truly an up and coming talent, Luis and his wines are already garnering high praise from U.S. wine critics. Definitely a winemaker to watch.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2009
King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 105883)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2010 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright garnet with ruby tint. A nose of sweet cherry, tobacco, earth, raspberry, oak, floral notes. Flavor of blueberry, dried cherry, chocolate and spice. Silky mouthfeel, lively mid palate and a round finish.


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About King Estate:

King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world.


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Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2008
Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2008
(search item no. 101245)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep and sweet, Tres Picos Borsao is cherry red in color with a hint of purple tones. In the nose, there is a boundless bouquet of mature red fruits with traces of flowers that are typical of the best Garnachas. In the mouth, it is rich and well-structured simultaneously conveying flavors of blackberries, strawberries and tones of leather, vanilla and plums. Perfectly combined with a sweet and pleasant tannin, Tres Picos Borsao leaves us with a long, silky and balanced finish.
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About Borsao:

Founded in 1958 in the town of Borja, called Borsao in the 4th century B.C., this winery represents what can be done with Garnacha, a grape that is not well appreciated by the Spanish press. Through meticulous selection, work in the fields and at reception time in the winery, modern winemaking produces this highly fruity wine. One of the best examples of the region known as "The Garnacha land of Spain", the lower part of the Ebro River.


Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Carneros    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 111378)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Succulent raspberry, plum and black cherry fruit aromas and hints of brown spice and forest floor announce this delicious Pinot Noir, perhaps our best ever. Complex, round and mouthfilling, the wine glides onto the palate displaying pure black cherry and ripe berry flavors, and the long aftertaste is rich yet fresh and agile.

Delicious with seared Ahi tuna, duck breast with cherry compote, lamb chops, wild mushroom risotto, roast chicken or grilled salmon. Try Manchego or Fontina for the cheese course. Seasoning affinities include orange peel, shaved fennel and dried berries.

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About Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards:

Gloria Ferrer is the offspring of a powerful parent: Freixenet of Spain, the world's largest producer of sparkling wine. Drawn to the promise of California, Freixenet established a California winery, naming it after the wife of Freixenet's president. The winery in Carneros is one of the best stops in all of Wine Country. Visit the aging caves carved in the hillside and enjoy the sun-splashed deck while noshing on roasted almonds and sipping bubbly. Wines produced are Blanc de Noir, Brut, Brut Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose.