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Bex Riesling 2011
Bex Riesling 2011
(search item no. 120985)
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PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aaromas of lemon cream, orange marmalade and honeysuckle flowers. Enjoy fresh tangerine and apricot fruit notes with a hint of whipped cream essence and perhaps a note of cucumber. On the palate, it is refreshing, clean and shows lemon citrus with a slight sweetness. Faint lemon grass and mineral aromas may trigger memories of summer rains.

Enjoy as a perfect aperitif, accompaniment to light or spicy cuisine or as a finale served with dessert.

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About Bex Winery:

At the height of the 15th century European wine movement, a group of German artisans began cultivating what would come to be the most terroir-expressive varietal on the planet. Enamored with the fruits of their labor, wine enthusiasts traveled from far and wide to sample the newly christened, "Rissling."

In a style credited to those 15th century artisans, and using grapes sourced from Germany’s premier Nahe region, BEX Winery is committed to propelling the art of Riesling winemaking to new heights one glass at a time.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012
(search item no. 120262)
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PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft in color with green hues, this Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shows tropical and citrus fruits along with attractive herbaceous/varietal characters on the nose. The palate is generous and fruit driven with classical Marlborough acidity giving a fresh, clean palate and passionfruit finish.
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About Matua Valley:

While Bill and Ross Spence were the sons of a winemaking father, but decided not to follow his winemaking path. They began in a ragged tin shed in West Auckland, in 1974. The wines they released from that first vintage immediately placed them amongst the leading group of innovative winemakers. Chardonnay and Gamay Teinturier were not common varieties in New Zealand at that time, and it was the first time Sauvignon Blanc had ever been produced, but they were committed to a new way.

Within a year the success of these wines was being noted. In 1975, the "Burgundy" won the first competition trophy for Matua Valley at the Royal Easter Show. A less publicized triumph was the impression the Sauvignon Blanc had made amongst the other winemakers, leading to the decision to include large quantities of this variety in the first vineyards to be planted in the now famous Marlborough region. In 1976 a new company, Matua Valley Wines Ltd was formed in partnership with another Auckland family, the Margans.

The new foundation allowed Matua Valley to put down more substantial roots, and in 1977, 25 hectares of land was purchased in the beautiful green Waikoukou Valley, 35 kilometers west of Auckland. A new winery was built on the crest of a low ridge overlooking the valley, and the first steps made towards landscaping gardens and establishing a visitors’ center were made.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2012
(search item no. 121930)
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PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc is pale straw in color. The nose has stone fruit, citrus and fresh tropical notes that eap from the glass. The palate is expressive with stone fruit, citrus and fresh tropical flavors that linger on through the crisp finish.
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About Dashwood:

The Dashwood brand was developed by Vavasour Wines in 1989. Given the commitment to using the Vavasour brand for wines true to the Awatere Valley, it provided flexibility within the company's portfolio to have the Dashwood range as a blend of fruit from Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys.

Dashwood wines bring the luscious, clean fruit characters of the Wairau Valley into harmony with the flinty, or mineral, characters of the Awatere (resulting from the comparatively cooler but drier temperatures and slightly less fertile soils). Created by long-standing winemaker, Glenn Thomas, who joined Vavasour in 1988, Dashwood wines are made in an earlier drinking style than those carrying the Vavasour brand and are considered outstanding value for money by wine buyers across the globe.



White Wines    Chenin Blanc    Other California    California   
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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier 2012
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier 2012
(search item no. 122046)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2012 vintage of this extraordinary blend enchants the nose with a refreshing bouquet of succulent fruit and delicate florals, opening with juicy honeydew melon, sweet white peach, and ripe green plum touched with hints of spiced white tea and soft apple blossom. The vivacious palate leads with crisp yellow grapefruit, fresh-cut pineapple and sumptuous honeyed pear notes. Lush and lively fruit flavors linger through the clean and slightly off-dry finish.
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About Pine Ridge:

In 1978 , a remarkable vineyard took shape alongside a deep pine forest that climbs the western hillside of Napa Valley’s storied Stags Leap District. Today, nestled in a small valley along the Silverado Trail, the carefully maintained and terraced slopes of Pine Ridge Vineyards blend gracefully with the natural rise and fall of the land. Year after year, the wines of Pine Ridge carry a sense of this place and its history. Continuity, balance and meticulous craftsmanship are inherent in the wines and deeply embedded in the winery's heritage. Each vintage reflects the distinct characteristics of the appellation and a focused commitment to refinement that reaches across the years, from the founding of the winery to today.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012
(search item no. 119636)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Tasting Panel rating: 90 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
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 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:

Upfront herbaceous aromas, backed by ripe fruit flavors of melon, passionfruit and crisp acidity.

Good to drink with anyone at anytime. Ideally suited to fresh oysters, asparagus dishes or summer salads.

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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.


White Wines    Riesling    Mosel-Saar-Ruwer    Germany   
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J.J. Prum Riesling Kabinett 2011
J.J. Prum Riesling Kabinett 2011
(search item no. 118769)
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

J.J. Prum Riesling Kabinett 2011 is a very racy Kabinett, well structured, combining lightness and delicacy, showing a crisp acidity and a balanced minerality.
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About JJ Prum:

For centuries the Prüm family has called the village of Wehlen home. The 33.5 acre estate consists of nearly 70% ungrafted vines. Holdings are in the best parts of the top Middle-Mosel sites: Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Graacher Domprobst, Bernkasteler Lay, Bernkasteler Badstube, and Bernkasteler Bratenhöfchen. Average annual production is 13,000 cases. The harvest at J.J. Prüm is always extremely late, and the wines are very long-lived.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava
Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

35% Macabeo, 25% Xarel·lo, 40% Parellada. A Cava with an exceptional, fresh, fruity style and a lingering aroma. It is the perfect partner for the finest food and excellent at any time.
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About Freixenet:

The Freixenet cava business started in 1914. Pere Ferrer Bosch was the son of "La Freixeneda", the family estate located in the Alt Penedès region since the XIIIth century. Right from the start they decided to produce only cava, a natural sparkling wine, following the method used in Champagne (France) for a couple of centuries. The cellars were set up in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia (Catalonia, Spain), a town situated in the heart of the Penedès region--already well-known from the era of the Roman Empire, for the quality of the wines produced there. In 1941, Freixenet launched what in time would become one of its leading products, the cava Carta Nevada and in 1974 the cava Cordon Negro.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Snoqualmie Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Snoqualmie Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wind is a fact of life int he wide open landscape of eastern Washington state. Breezes blow throughout the seasons, moderating the sun's influence on, and adding character to ripening fruit in the vineyards. Our Sauvignon Blanc embodies that character with flavors of fresh melon and fig edge with crisp notes of citrus.

Enjoy with chicken, scallops or an icy plate of oysters.

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About Snoqualmie:

Snoqualmie Vineyards embodies the spirit of the Northwest in personality and in its approach to winemaking. Snoqualmie's honest, yet eclectic style is largely a reflection of winemaker Joy Andersen, at the helm since 1990. Under Joy's leadership, Snoqualmie’s reputation for crafting approachable, food-friendly wines has been recognized across the country by critics and consumers alike.

Snoqualmie has been producing classic varietal wines from Columbia Valley vineyards for over two decades. Snoqualmie's vineyards lie within three distinct growing regions of the Columbia Valley: Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and Horse Haven Hills. Each area produces grapes with flavors unique to the area, and Joy considers the individuality of each growing region one of her strongest winemaking tools.

Styled for easy drinking and as a complement to food, the Columbia Valley tier wines are as welcome on a picnic table as they are on a linen tablecloth.

Rosebud Vineyard, on the Wahluke Slope, one of the warmest areas in the state, was planted in 1981 and is one of the original vineyards for Snoqualmie wines. As of 1991 Snoqualmie has an exclusive contract with Rosebud Vineyards. It is the source for their single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Snoqualmie's reserve wines are made a barrel at a time using artisan winemaking techniques. Quantities are extremely limited.



White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Napa Valley    California   
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Luna Pinot Grigio 2010
Luna Pinot Grigio 2010
(search item no. 115055)
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PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Pinot Grigio is a light golden color. The nose is scented with grapefruit and pear, and on the palate orange fruits come to the forefront. Mango and orange zest are accented by notes of guava and a pronounced minerality. The wonderful acidity and full-bodied texture carry through a delicious lemony finish with hints of apricot.
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About Luna Vineyards:

Luna Vineyards was founded in 1995 by George Vare and Mike Moone. Both Vare and Moone have been Presidents of major California wineries and important influences in the California wine industry since the mid-1960's.

The founders purchased the St. Andrews winery, located at the foot of the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, and set out to produce Italian varietal wines - Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Merlot.

In 1996, after 20 years experience with other wineries, the last 13 at Newton Vineyards where he established himself in the forefront of Napa Valley winemakers, Winemaster John Kongsgaard joined Luna as Vice President and partner. John is particularly noted for his outstanding Merlots and spent seven years in collaboration with Michel Rolland from Bordeaux perfecting winemaking techniques in the Napa region.

With a passion for Italian wines combined with a desire to live slightly on the edge, John happily joined Luna. He was excited by the opportunity to travel to the "Old World" and learn how to adapt their traditional and new techniques for growing grapes and making wine from Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio.



White Wines    Riesling    Rheingau    Germany   
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Leitz Dragonstone Riesling 2011
Leitz Dragonstone Riesling 2011
(search item no. 119179)

PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A lovely, savory fragrance. The palate is bright and salty. Has some of the flint and kirsch of the site but also wisteria and mint, all in a suave context.
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About Josef Leitz:

Johannes Leitz runs the Rheingau estate today. Johannes is the latest member of the Leitz family to take charge of the winery. He gained his vineyard experience at the Johnnishof estate of Hans Hermann Eser, as well as at Eltville College.

Soils types in the Rheingau, Germany vineyard are typical of the region, dominated by slate, with a small quantity of Burgundy varieties planted alongside the Riesling. Some Burgundian winery practices are also in place here, including prolonged contact with the lees.