White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2007
(search item no. 92579)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $15.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Concentrated and very intense, weaving together a harmonious medley of crushed stone, grapefruit and nut flavors. Savory herbs, grass and lime notes highlight a bright, vibrant finish. Drink now."
-Wine Spectator

Appearance: Pale straw with touches of green.

Aroma: Delightful hints of tropical fruits are accented by aromas of citrus and the traditional New Zealand herbaceous notes.

Flavor: Ripe stone fruit, citrus and tropical flavors mingle with the soothing herbaceous notes. Nice acidity with a touch of sweet passion fruit add to the full, crisp finish.

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About Kim Crawford:

Kim Crawford Wines started out in a small Auckland cottage in New Zealand. Since its launch in 1996, the label has gained critical acclaim around the globe. Kim Crawford wines capture the true aromas and flavors of New Zealand in each bottle. The established leader of luxury-priced Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Kim Crawford combines a passion for excellence in winemaking with a vision of exploring new boundaries.


Dessert, Sherry & Port    Victoria    Australia   
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Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat (375ML half-bottle)
Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat (375ML half-bottle)
(search item no. 36049)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $11.97

Winemaker's Notes:

Sourced from material aged between six and ten years old, this wine is the foundation of the style; displaying the fresh raisin aromas, rich fruit, clean spirit and great length of flavor on the palate which are the mark of all the Muscats of Rutherglen.

While these wines are seen as after dinner drinks, try serving them as an aperitif, particularly in winter. A small glass goes a very long way, warming the mind as well as the stomach. And remember that a bottle, once opened, will keep for some months without deteriorating, providing it is recorked after each serving.

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About Chambers Rosewood:

The Chambers winery has been family owned since its establishment in 1858. The winemaking duties and care of the "old material" have been handed down from father to son through five generations and for the last 40 years has rested with Bill Chambers.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz/Grenache 2006
Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz/Grenache 2006
(search item no. 94000)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2006 Wallace, tasted from a barrel sample, is a 70% Shiraz, 30% Grenache blend with an identical oak treatment. The 2006 is more structured than the 2005 but they could otherwise pass as identical twins. Hats off to Ben Glaetzer for producing an extraordinary portfolio!"
-Wine Advocate 91-94

"Deep red. Smoky black raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by zesty white pepper and minerals; showing its grenache side today. Silky and sweet, with deep red berry preserve flavors, fully absorbed tannins and good bite. Leaves an exotic candied licorice note behind on the vibrant, juicy finish, which strongly repeats the red berry tone."
-International Wine Cellar

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About Glaetzer:

The first Glaetzers settled in the Barossa Valley in 1888 after emigrating from Brandenburg, Germany. From here, they settled in a country town called Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley where they started their new life in Australia. The family were some of the earliest recorded viticulturalists in the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley and the current generation is firmly entrenched in the family wine business.

Winemaking patriarch Colin Glaetzer established his own label to create wines he's passionate about - limited quantities of benchmark Barossa Valley reds. The birth of Glaetzer Wines signalled a new era for Colin's family which boasts more than its fair share of winemakers. The clan includes Colin, his oenology-trained wife Judith, twin brother/winemaker John, and five winemakers among the couple's three sons and their wives.

With the 2004 vintage, Ben Glaetzer took over winemaking at Glaetzer and brought his own flagship wines, Amon Ra and Godolphin, into the fold. Young Glaetzer has implemented many changes at the winery, particularly with regard to harvesting upon physiological ripeness vs. analysis, longer skin contact and the use of the highest possible quality oak barrels.