White Wines    Chardonnay    Yarra Valley    Australia   
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Sticks Chardonnay 2005
Sticks Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 90358)
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PRICE ON 7/14/2014: $10.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

WINEMAKING The fruit was gently destemmed, crushed then pressed. The juice was cold settled, racked, then fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures to maximise fruit expression. Towards the end of fermentation, the wine was transferred to new and seasoned American and French oak barriques for aging on light lees. It was then fined and bottled.

COLOR Light straw with vibrant green hues BOUQUET Stone fruit, citrus, melon, savory oak PALATE Peach, nectarine, grapefruit, cream CELLARING Medium to long term cellaring, will see this wine continue to integrate

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About Sticks:

Winemaker Rob "Sticks" Dolan crafts these wines from fruit grown on premium vineyards in Victoria's Yarra Valley. Rob Dolan's career began in South Australia, where he learned the art of making wine from the ground up. He developed and refined his skills under the instruction of two of Australia's most distinguished teachers. It was during this time that the budding winemaker and towering sportsman, known as "Sticks", was also a dual premiership player for the Port Adelaide Football Club.

In 1991, Rob Dolan became the winemaker at Yarra Ridge. The small family winery provided Rob with the opportunity to experiment, which enabled him to hone his winemaking skills. His efforts were immediately recognized on the international show circuit. Rob proceeded to plant his first "Sticks" grapes in the mid 1980's. The goal at Sticks is to provide today's drinker with immensely satisfying wines at affordable prices.



Red Wines    Mourvedre    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Castano Hecula 2004
Bodegas Castano Hecula 2004
(search item no. 86656)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/14/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 29 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

100% Monastrell.
Bodegas Castano has long been an advocate of the Monastrell varietal in the zone and its use has increased in other bodegas as a result. Known as Mourvedre in France and other parts of the world, the varietal is perhaps best known for its influence on the wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape where the terroir and climate is not dissimilar to that of Yecla with both benefiting from a very warm, Mediterranean climate with warm days and nights.

"The 2004 Hecula is a single vineyard selection of 100% Monastrell, 50% tank aged and 50% aged in French oak. It is slightly less ebullient but more serious than its younger sibling. Exhibiting aromas of toasty black fruits with milk chocolate in the background, this is a super-rich effort with terrific depth and concentration for its humble price. It is a remarkable value for drinking over the next few years."
-The Wine Advocate

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About Bodegas Castano:

There are only a handful of wineries remaining in Yecla since the phyloxera plague, and they are led by the forward-thinking Bodegas Castano, which has helped to reinvigorate the winemaking in the region.

Created by Ramon Castano Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castano is not nearly as old as the vines it owns. Starting quite small, the family has nurtured these old plantings and re-planted other parcels and now owns 350 hectares of some of the prime vineyard land in Yecla. Today, Daniel Castano, one of Ramon's sons, runs the winery with the help of other members of the family.

The extremely talented Mariano Lopez has taken over the winemaker reins at the Bodega, and has turned the focus toward more balanced bottlings of older vine Monastrell. Both traditional and carbonic maceration techniques are used and all wines pass through malolactic fermentation. Daniel believes that the fruit and tannin structure of the Monastrell varietal stands up well to the use of oak, and as such, many of the wines pass (in varying degrees) through a barrel regime.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Victoria    Australia   
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Green Point Shiraz 2005
Green Point Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 95903)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/14/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The dense, rich color indicates the power and intensity of fruit, with complexity and elegance the truly distinguishing characters of this wine. Bright blackberry, maraschino cherry and satsuma plum aromas are enriched with anise, liquorice and subtle roasted spice from ageing in French oak. Succulent texture and supple tannins extend throughout the palate, and red liquorice flavors provide a long, distinctive finish.

Fruit for the Victorian Shiraz is sourced from several cool climate regions including the Yarra Valley, Heathcote and Bendigo with each region providing complexity to the blend. Yarra Valley Shiraz grown on sedimentary soils around our own Green Point vineyard is typically fragrant and spicy. Heathcote Shiraz grown on the deep red soils of the Mt Camel Range is bright and deeply colored with fresh blackberry flavors. Bendigo Shiraz grown on alluvial soils contributes savory tannins with hints of eucalypt and the inland climate of the northern foothills of the Great Dividing Range provides Shiraz with rich structure and weight.

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About Green Point:

In the 1840s, when the Yarra Valley in Victoria was first settled by Europeans, they observed that one particular spur of land leading down to the Yarra river always remained green longer as summer advanced. They called it "Green Point." It stayed green because the deep weathered siltstone soils on this spur retain moisture longer than other areas in the valley. These soils, in combination with the Yarra Valley's cool climate, proved to be an ideal "terroir" for grape growing and grapes have been grown on these slopes since the 1850s.

Moët & Chandon acquired the site in 1986 and today it is where they grow high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for Green Point still wines. They have selected other sites in Victoria and the Yarra Valley that provide the ideal marriage of "terroir" with variety for the other Green Point varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz).



White Wines    Chenin Blanc    South Africa    South Africa   
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Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2006
Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2006
(search item no. 90889)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/14/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!

Pale yellow in color with a hint of green. On the nose, tinned pineapples, guavas, litchi, lemon and lime aromas are abundant. A clean, lively wine with nuances of nutmeg and cloves. Well-balanced and elegant, but with weight and a powerful follow-through on the palate. Stylistically off-dry and lightly oaked, this is an excellent food wine.

Partner with shellfish; grilled tuna; grilled sardines; lemon and herb roast chicken; vegetable stews; Bobotie – South African/Malay dish of baked savory mince served with saffron rice; and biltong.

"Superfresh and racy, with a great underlying minerality driving the chamomile, white peach and honeysuckle flavors, followed by a long, bright finish. Really delicious."
Wine Spectator
90 Points

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About Mulderbosch:

Widely recognized as one of South Africa's most iconic producers, Mulderbosch is well-known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Rose and its Bordeaux blend - The Faithful Hound - and is located east of Cape Town in the Stellenbosch Hills. Stellenboxch has a Mediterranean climate that is largely impacted by the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with long, warm summers and cool windy afternoons. Recently acquired by Charles Banks, an American, Mulderbosch has entered an exciting new era of quality. A newly-assembled team promises to re-introduce wine lovers to the many charms of this approachable, easy-drinking, collection of affordable, fun wines. South Africa provokes an unbelieveable platform for making some of the best white wine values in the world.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2005
Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 90641)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/14/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 Decanter rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 71 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"Our vineyard is in the coolest part of McLaren Vale, giving our low yields time to slowly accumulate concentrated powerful flavors of blackberry and plums, with hints of spice. The open fermenters and wild yeast allow maximum extraction and complexity with soft silky tannins."
-Peter Fraser, Winemaker

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About Yangarra Estate:

Yangarra Estate is as true to its Australian roots as the soil from which its unparalleled flavors are born. Yangarra Estate only selects fruit from the top appellations of Australia, then uses both Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Australian innovative winemaking approach to produce varietal wines of inimitable quality.

Australian winemaker, Peter Fraser, teamed up with KJWE's Winemaster Randy Ullon to blend and bottle Yangarra Park wines in the famous Barossa Valley of South Australia. Peter brings his widely regarded depth and breadth of knowledge of each of Australia's finest winemaking regions. Peter's deft and cosmopolitan wine style results from more than eight years experience in the Australian wine industry.